Education Secretary Arne Duncan Will Campaign for Democrats

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Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says education should put politics and ideology aside, but said he would hit the campaign trail in October.

While Education Secretary Arne Duncan says education should be the one issue where "we put politics and ideology to the side," he still plans to hit the campaign trail for Democratic candidates in mid-October.

Speaking at a Monitor-sponsored breakfast for reporters Wednesday, Secretary Duncan said "we have tried to work very hard in a bipartisan way to do the right thing by children." He added, "I have a great working relationship with Mr. Boehner," referring to Ohio Republican John Boehner who could become speaker if Republicans take control of the House. "I don't think he is going to become speaker," he said, "but whatever happens we are going to continue to work closely together."

When asked whether campaigning for Democrats could risk politicizing education issues, and about his own role negotiating with top Congressional leaders, Secretary Duncan defended his planned political activities as an effort to "support candidates that really care about education." He cited Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet as having "a chance to be a fantastic voice for education in the Senate for decades to come. …