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Romney: Teachers unions shouldn’t contribute to political campaigns

By Holly Bailey, Yahoo! News

NEW YORK—Mitt Romney repeated his call to curb the influence of teachers unions in public schools, arguing that the groups should no longer be allowed to contribute to political campaigns.

In an interview with NBC's Brian Williams at a network-sponsored forum on education, Romney accused teachers unions of putting their own interests above students. He said their contributions to politicians in charge of education issues are unfairly influencing the system, especially when it comes to contract negotiations.

"We have to get the money from teachers unions out of the campaigns. ... We've got to separate that," Romney said. "It's an extraordinary conflict of interest."

During a question-and-answer session at the appearance, Romney rejected the assertion of an audience member who told him polls in New York show parents back unions as organizations fighting on behalf of local students.

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