MiamiHerald / Adam Putnam, the Publix candidate for Florida governor, just put out a new TV campaign ad blaming “liberal elites” for pressuring young people to go to college and take on crippling debt.

The Republican agricultural commissioner promises to do more to prioritize vocational training, saying, “College is not the only path to success and it’s OK to say it.”

Actually, lots of people in both parties have been saying it for a long time. College isn’t for everybody, and — please tell us, Adam — who said it was?

Putnam’s sudden concern about predatory student-loan practices is especially curious. As a young U.S. congressman, he was one of only 71 representatives who in 2007 voted against the College Student Relief Act, which aimed to cut the interest rates on student loans.


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