McKenna (R) Takes Issue with Santorum’s ‘Snob’ Remark

February 28, 2012 · 2:57 PM EST

In the middle of trying to win back Washington State’s governorship for the GOP for the first time in 30 years, state Attorney General Rob McKenna disagreed with former Sen. Rick Santorum’s recent criticism of President Obama and higher education.

“President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob,” Santorum said last weekend, “There are good decent men and women who go out and work hard every day and put their skills to test that aren’t taught by some liberal college professor to try to indoctrinate them. Oh, I understand why he wants you to go to college. He wants to remake you in his image.”

McKenna, who is making education a top priority in his campaign, took a very different view.

"I don't agree," McKenna said in an interview on Monday.

"Every child should at least go to community college or technical college," the Republican added, "Even factory jobs require a lot of skill. There's a workforce shortage in our state."

McKenna hasn’t endorsed a candidate in the presidential race but would clearly benefit more from former Gov. Mitt Romney at the top of the ticket rather than the more conservative Santorum.