'Science Guy' stumps for Obama in NH
CONCORD, N.H.—The scientist and comedian known as Bill Nye the Science Guy is visiting New Hampshire science centers to promote President Barack Obama's education agenda.
Nye, the host of three currently-running television shows, started his tour Monday at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord on Monday before heading to Manchester and Rye. He said while he understands the Republicans' desire to reduce the size of government, cutting funding for education will hurt the nation in the long run.
"Most people accept the idea that a machine should have all the parts it needs but no fewer, and the same, to me, is true of the government we want it to have all the parts it needs but no fewer," he said. "So when people go to make government smaller, they right away want to cut public sector jobs -- it seems like a reasonable place to save money. But when you start cutting teacher jobs, education jobs, administrators, what you end up with is a much grimmer future. There's no greater investment than education."
Nye was accompanied by U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews, D-N.J., who serves on the House education committee. Andrews criticized Republican Mitt Romney's record as Massachusetts governor and said Obama better understands that education and the economy are two sides of the same coin.
"You're not going to reduce debt, you're not going to grow jobs, you're not going to raise prosperity without quality education," he said.