New Romney sign takes on 'build that' comment
July 23rd, 2012
06:01 PM ET
6 years ago

New Romney sign takes on 'build that' comment

(CNN) - Mitt Romney's campaign had a new background at event in Costa Mesa, California on Monday.

As he spoke with small business owners at a roundtable event, a large backdrop behind him read, "We did build it!"

The sign responds to a recent comment from President Barack Obama, in which he said: "If you've got a business, you didn't build that."

"If you are successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that 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," Obama said.

Republicans, however, have argued his comments are insulting to small business owners and represent a philosophy they say is dangerous to the free enterprise system.

Filed under: 2012 • California • Mitt Romney
soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. Fortinbras

    Anyone of you that think the American system placed before you is irrelevant as to whether you succeed or fail, can leave. There are countless people trying to get into this country, whom believe this is the land of opportunity.

    July 23, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  2. beevee

    Of course Romeny built it, he built the empire of sending jobs to china and other places. He is right, he built it.

    July 23, 2012 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  3. Joseph B

    Romney did not build it – he bought it with borrowed money and flipped it.

    July 23, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  4. BeverlyNC

    Romney is going to get caught in this lie more and more. The video of President Obama's actual statements is available and networks are already running what President Obama vs. the false edited ad Romney is running on TV. Shame on Romney for running intentional lies because he has nothing positive he can say about himself. Does America even know what Romney is FOR? Better read the Ryan budget because that is what Romney plans to destroy the middle class with. No more Medicare, Social Security, food stamps, veterans healthcare and pensions, no more public education, no more government college grants or loans – and the list goes on. And ALL of these cuts for the People programs are so Romney can cut taxes for corporations and the wealthy even more. Romney does not represent the People and therefore unqualified to be our President. I stand with President Obama who is a true leader and a good and decent man who loves this nation and acts with character, integrity, dignity, and honor.

    July 23, 2012 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  5. T'sah From Virginia

    â–ºNew Romney sign takes on 'build that' commentâ—„
    Romney's LIES are very nauseating I'm about to VOMIT
    And he thinks he's getting away with it – like every other FLIP-FLOP he tells
    Well God has only one place for LIARS and it sure as hell ain't in a nutshell!!!


    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    July 23, 2012 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I believe that Republicans think things happen in a vacuum. Obama is like those that see the larger picture that includes many different people.

    July 23, 2012 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  7. Indy

    After seven years of stalking the President all Romney has is out of context comments and no viable solutions, only blame.This one is quite childish because anyone with a TV or computer that takes time to listen to the entire comment by the President knows for a fact that Mitt Romney is a liar,and he is the one that looks stupid by his ignorance of the facts in the entire comment.

    July 23, 2012 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  8. Indy

    Leave it to Beaver Romney to turn the Presidents comments that clearly state that it takes team work to build a business, and of course Romney would never take credit for Bain creating jobs by financing companies. This is just swell Mitts,just swell that you are a big fat Liar !

    July 23, 2012 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  9. ObamaCares

    Liar, you didn't build the highways, bridges, sewer systems. You sent jobs overseas, remember?

    July 23, 2012 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  10. Dennis1020

    No MItt, you inherited the money you used to to build a business that outsourced jobs overseas.

    July 24, 2012 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  11. Thomas

    Bain for a better tomorrow .

    Corporations are people too .

    July 24, 2012 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  12. Orwell sees it, again & again

    Bain and Romney, built to be great wall street corporate liquidators.
    Somebody needs to make money, and it will not be the poor building takeover corporations.

    July 24, 2012 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  13. PoliticoJunkie

    We Did Built It....On the Backs of the Middle Class and the American Taxpayer

    "It takes a village to build a business."

    July 24, 2012 04:26 am at 4:26 am |
  14. scott

    Got to love it, good on you Mr Romney,

    July 24, 2012 04:35 am at 4:35 am |
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