Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, currently facing off against Congressman Ron DeSantis to replace term-limited Florida Governor Rick Scott, has just released a 30 second advertisement calling for the strengthening of vocational education and attacking “liberal elites” for not respecting trade workers.
In the advertisement titled “Path to Success,” Commissioner Putnam comments that “As a fifth generation Florida farmer, I know what it’s like to sweat for your paycheck.”
He goes on to explain that “Today, liberal elites look down on people who work with their hands, pressuring too many kids into student loan debt, leaving them with degrees they can’t use and bills they can’t pay. We need to get back to honoring and respecting experts of a trade. I’ll make vocational training a top priority. Our kids should be career-ready, not debt ridden. College is not the only path to success, and it’s okay to say it.”
A campaign release announced that “As Governor, Putnam’s top priority will be to build a robust education pipeline that puts vocational and technical education back into middle schools and high schools, providing Florida’s students with the tools and practice necessary to find their piece of the American Dream here in Florida.”
The advertisement can be seen below: