Quote To Note: From President Barack Obama to presidential candidate Mitt Romney

“When we recognize that commercialization is a tool for the university to achieve its mission — research, education, service, public good — the way we deal with industry will fundamentally change. Our goals become aligned with industry and industry’s goals become aligned with our faculty.”
— Brett Cornwell, Texas A&M University’s associate vice chancellor for commercialization, on the value of commercialization of university technologies, according to The Texas Tribune.

“I really don’t have any details, and I just feel very, very sad that it ended up where we did. There are a lot of people in El Paso that are quite disappointed and upset.”
— Diana Natalicio, president of the University of Texas-El Paso, on UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa’s decision to cancel a high-profile boxing match that was to occur at the Sun Bowl Stadium on June 16, according to The Texas Tribune.

“One thing that would make Obama more competitive in Texas is the very, very off chance that Rick Perry was on the ticket. In that case Romney’s advantage over Obama would be reduced from 50-43 to 50-45.”
— Public Policy Polling on Mitt Romney’s chance to win Texas during the November general election, according to its new polling results released Tuesday.

“What we lack is the moral vision to do what is right. Mark my words, if we fail to come back into special session to restore education funding, then either the leadership doesn’t care about public education or they are too afraid to admit they were wrong.”
— State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, on the possibility of using higher-than-anticipated state tax revenue to reallocate funding to education, according to his column in The Houston Chronicle.

“Frankly, I think this is beneath the dignity of the White House. … For the president to make a campaign issue and then to travel to three battleground states and go to three large college campuses on taxpayers money to try to make this some political issue is pathetic.”
— U.S. House Speaker John Boehner on the Obama administration’s response to legislation that would double the interest rate on some federal student loans, according to The Associated Press.