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Mitt Snit: Romney Would Ax National Endowments for the Arts & Humanities

Mitt Romney chats with KSDK’s Ann Rubin in Kirkwood, MO

It’s so rare that the campaigning candidates mention anything about the arts. Now culture has finally gotten some attention, but for all the wrong reasons [via].

This just in from Ann Rubin of St. Louis’ KSDK NewsChannel 5, reporting on what Mitt Romney told her in Kirkwood, MO:

“The test [for budget cuts] is pretty simple. Is the program so critical, it’s worth borrowing money from China to pay for it? And on that basis, of course you get rid of Obamacare, that’s the easy one. Planned Parenthood, we’re going to get rid of that. The subsidy for Amtrak, I’d eliminate that. The National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities,” he said.

While we’re on the subject of arts and politics, let us not forget Callista Gingrich‘s interest in music education, which husband Newt touted in one of the debates, when the candidates were asked what their wives would contribute as First Lady. (Why is it that when you Google “Callista Gingrich arts,” the first thing that comes up is Callista’s Hair Is a Work of Art? Where’s Joan of Art when we really need her?)

Speaking of the possibly endangered NEA, guess where its chairman, Rocco Landesman, toured Monday, as part of his own continuing stump around the country?

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR
Photo by Lee Rosenbaum

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