President Obama directly addressed GOP rival Mitt Romney’s repeated attacks on the POTUS’s “you didn’t build that” remark in a TV ad released 7/24: “Those ads, taking my words about small business out context, they’re flat out wrong. Of course Americans build their own businesses. Every day, hard-working people sacrifice to meet a payroll, create jobs, and make our economy run,” says Obama in the ad. “What I said was that we need to stand behind them, as America always has by investing in education and training, roads and bridges, research and technology.”
The :30 spot, “Always,” will air in the swing states of Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, and Nevada, combines the president’s message with images of workers and students, reports The Hill.
See the ad here :
Romney’s campaign released an ad last week accusing Obama of “demonizing” small business owners. Romney has continued to hammer Obama on the campaign trail: “The idea to say that Steve Jobs didn’t build Apple, that Henry Ford didn’t build Ford Motors, that Papa John didn’t build Papa John’s … it’s not just foolishness, it’s insulting to every entrepreneur in America,” Romney said at a Pennsylvania campaign rally.
Obama’s original remarks came as part of a 7/13 speech in Roanoke, VA: “If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet. The point is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.”