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Hillary Clinton Slams Mike Pence, Says Donald Trump's VP Choice 'Slashed' Education Funding


Hillary Clinton continues to criticize Donald Trump's vice presidential pick. Apparently, Mike Pence is not doing public education any good.

Politifact reported that Hillary Clinton has compared the things that Donald Trump's vice presidential choice, Mike Pence, and her own pick, Tim Kaine were able to accomplish at a rally in Miami last week. Pence is currently the governor of Indiana while Kaine served as Virginia's governor from 2006 to 2010.

"While Mike Pence slashed education funding in Indiana and gave more tax cuts to the wealthiest, Tim Kaine cut his own salary and invested in education from pre-K through college and beyond," Clinton said.

However, it was revealed that Indiana did not decrease education funding under the leadership of Pence. It has risen every year since the governor took office three years ago.

According to data by Larry DeBoer, who is a professor at Indiana's Purdue University, the state's spending for K-12 as well as higher education combined has hit record high through the current year. Although the rise is not as dramatic as expected, it's still there.

There was backlash when last year's state budget took money from a few urban school districts and redistributed them to suburban districts. This was seen as benefiting the more wealthy students than those who actually need it most. On the other hand, Pence was able to get $15 million to fund a preschool program for poor families.

Hillary Clinton claimed that her running mate Tim Kaine "invested" in education in Virginia. This implies that the former Virginia governor grew it in the state, which is contrary to data that suggests that state education spending decreased overall during his term.

Politico noted that Clinton has said that Mike Pence would not be a good person to deal with public education. In a gathering in Minneapolis, she slammed Trump's running mate again.

"Mike Pence is one of the most extreme vice presidential picks in a generation," she said. "And he's one of the most hostile politicians in America when it comes to public education."

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