Christie slams Santorum on college stance

On CBS News' "Face the Nation," New Jersey governor Chris Christie had some harsh words for Rick Santorum over statements he made about higher education. Christie said the former Pennsylvania Senator went "over the line."

Christie was asked by host Bob Schieffer about Santorum dissing President Obama for encouraging a college education.

"President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college - what a snob!" Santorum said in Troy, Michigan Saturday.

"I think that's probably over the line," Christie told Schieffer: "I don't think the president is a snob for saying that."

Christie, who is supporting Mitt Romney, said Santorum's position on higher education doesn't "make any sense." He noted that not every child wants to attend college, but "we should aspire to let every child reach his maximum or her maximum potential."

Schieffer asked Christie if the GOP candidates' focus on social issues will hurt the Republican Party and alienate moderate voters.

Christie said that Romney is not focusing on social issues - only Santorum is.

"We've gone through a couple of weeks where Senator Santorum has made some comments. Remember, it's all Senator Santorum," Christie said.

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    Leigh Ann Caldwell is a political reporter for CBSNews.com.

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