Romney camp puts 'you didn't build that' on television
July 20th, 2012
08:07 AM ET
11 years ago

Romney camp puts 'you didn't build that' on television

(CNN) – Mitt Romney's presidential campaign continued blasting President Barack Obama for remarks made last week on the nature of private businesses, releasing a television ad on Friday in which a business owner claims Obama was "demonizing" him with his comments.

"These Hands," released initially as a web video on Thursday, features Jack Gilchrist, the owner of a metal fabricating company in New Hampshire, sharply criticizing the president for saying last week that business owners rely partly upon the government for their success.

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"If you are successful, somebody along the line gave you some help," Obama said at a rally in Roanoke, Virginia, on Friday. "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."

In the ad, only a portion of Obama's remarks are used – the spot quotes Obama saying "If you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own" and "If you've got a business – you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."

After playing the clips of the president, Gilchrist appears on screen to relay his experience in building a successful company.

"My father's hands didn't build this company? My hands didn't build this company? Through hard work and a little bit of luck, we built this business. Why are you demonizing us for it?" Gilchrist says.

Mitt Romney, he argues, would take a vastly different approach to small businesses as president.

"It's time we had somebody who believes in us, someone who believes that achievement should be rewarded, not punished. We need somebody who believes in America," Gilchrist says.

Obama's remark on small business became key to Romney's campaign this week. The GOP candidate began using the remark on the campaign trail Tuesday, became the centerpiece of his speech Wednesday. At one point in his remarks, Romney asked all business owners in the crowd to stand, thanking them for their hard work and chastising Obama for what he said was "the height of foolishness."

"It's like saying Steve Jobs didn't build Apple. Or Bill Gates didn't build Microsoft. Or that Henry Ford didn't build Ford Motor Company or that Ray Croc didn't build McDonalds or that Papa John didn't build Papa John's Pizza," Romney said.

Romney, citing the number of campaign fund-raisers Obama has held in the past six months, said the president's "priority is not creating jobs for the American people, his priority is trying to keep his own job and that's why he is going to lose it."

Obama's campaign say their rival's attacks take the president's words out of context, and that Romney actually agrees with the thrust of what Obama said last week.

"Romney actually agrees with what the President really said, which was 'If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life.' This is just the latest example of Mitt Romney being willing to say anything," the Obama team said in a statement Thursday.

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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If you take away Mittens lies, there is nothing left.

    July 20, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
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