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Tennessee lawmaker clarifies higher education comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Republican Tennessee lawmaker says he was clearly joking when he called in a radio broadcast for the abolishment of higher education i...
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Republican Tennessee lawmaker sayshe was clearly joking when he called in a radio broadcast for the abolishmentof higher education in order to cut off the “liberal breedingground.”

However, Sen. Kerry Roberts of Springfield said in astatement Tuesday that he stands behind his critique of liberal arts educationin America “one hundred percent.”

Roberts initially spoke in favor of eliminating highereducation while speaking about attending a recent abortion legislative hearingon his conservative radio talk show on Sept. 2. The comments were floated onsocial media by The Tennessee Holler, a progressive-leaning organization.Roberts has since said his listeners understood it was hyperbole.

The Republican lawmaker says conservatives should demandbalance in higher education institutions and that “leftist policies”are growing more aggressive.