- Associated Press - Monday, September 10, 2012

CHICAGO Chicago’s Democratic mayor has shrugged off the Republican presidential nominee’s criticism of the city’s teachers strike.

The Chicago Teachers Union went on strike Monday after months of negotiations failed to come up with a deal.

In a statement Monday, Mitt Romney said Chicago teachers are turning their backs on thousands of students. And he said he sides with parents and students over unionized teachers.

But speaking at a news conference in Chicago, Emanuel called Romney’s comments “lip service.” He added that he didn’t give “two hoots” for national commentary on the teachers’ strike and efforts to end it.

Emanuel also criticized Romney for backing proposals to cut taxes that the Chicago mayor says would end up hurting students nationwide.

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