Obama Says He Pays Taxes So Kids in D.C. Public Schools 'Can Have Good Teachers and Can Succeed'

Susan Jones | September 25, 2012 | 12:06pm EDT
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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama appear on the ABC Television show "The View" in New York, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, From left are, Whoopi Goldberg, Barbara Walters, the president, the first lady, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(CNSNews.com) - After some fluffy questions from the ladies of "The View," the conversation turned more serious when host Barbara Walters asked President Obama, "What do you say to people who say you're trying to redistribute the wealth?"

Instead of calling for higher taxes on the wealthy, as he often does on the campaign trail, Obama use a personal example:

"You know, listen, neither of our kids are going to a public school right now in Washington, D.C.," he responded. "But we pay taxes so that kids who are going to public schools can have good teachers and can succeed. Now, I'm not doing that just for charity. I'm doing it because I think the economy is going to get better if every kid out there is getting the kind of education that allows them to be great workers and to help grow the economy.

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"So -- you know, I think that's how most Americans feel. Michelle said it best at the (Democratic National) Convention. She said, those of us who have had a chance to succeed, we don't close the door behind us. AWe keep that door open because that's going to make us all better off."

The District of Columbia has some of the worst public schools in the nation.

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