Romney's son plugs 'Built By Us' merchandise jabbing at Obama remark
July 28th, 2012
04:44 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney's son plugs 'Built By Us' merchandise jabbing at Obama remark

(CNN) - Mitt Romney's son on Saturday e-mailed supporters promoting a line of merchandise which hits continues to hit President Barack Obama over his comment to business owners that "you didn't build that."

Tagg Romney pitched the "Built By Us Collection," which includes posters, buttons, and T-shirts highlighting the remark, which Romney and other Republicans have criticized.

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"Built By Us is a rallying cry, and also a celebration of the people who truly make America work," Tagg Romney said in the e-mail.

At a campaign event in Roanoke, Virginia, on July 13, Obama said: "If you were 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," he continued.

Republicans seized on the comment, and the Obama campaign responded on Tuesday with an ad which said Republicans are taking his comment out of context.

"Of course Americans build their own business. Every day hardworking people sacrifice to meet a payroll, create jobs, and make our economy run. And what I said was that we need to stand behind them as America always has. By investing in education, training, roads and bridges, research and technology," Obama said in the ad.

One of the Romney campaign T-shirts reads, "Government didn't build my business, I did."

Posters, buttons, and t-shirts also read, "We Built America."

Tagg Romney said in the e-mail that "Dad understands success is not the result of government, it's the result of hardworking people who take risks, create dreams, and build lives for themselves and their families."

"I think we can all agree we need a President who embraces success, instead of demonizing it," he continued. "Dad's the man for the job."

While Romney is overseas - holding meetings with officials in London, Israel, and Poland, among other events - his campaign has continued stateside.

A series of surrogates, including several rumored possible vice presidential candidates, held events for the Romney campaign on Saturday, and several also continued to pressure Obama over his handling of the economy.

- CNN's Kevin Bohn and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
soundoff (112 Responses)
  1. don in albuquerque

    Hey, Son of Mitt the Twitt. Since your all behind America why don't you go join the Marines. A little too much "man up" there for ya?

    July 29, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  2. roro

    It's mind boggling that the Romney campaign has to take the President's words out of context in order to make hay for themselves. It's a disgusting, deceitful, and disgraceful way for a man who wants to lead our country to behave.

    July 29, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  3. scott

    We need to get Obama out of office,. I am tired of him giving my tax dollar to companies overseas to build up their economy, while ours is in the tank. Under Romney jobs would come back from overseas, with tax breaks for companies that locate here in the U.S. Its up to you watch this country go to 3rd world status inder Obama or this country take its rightful place once again as a leader in the world.

    July 29, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  4. roro

    Let's not forget that when Obama was quoting something actually said by McCain, the Romney campaign used it in negative ads as if Obama was saying that himself. I guess the Romney campaign believes it can only win by lies and deceit.

    July 29, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  5. Donkey Party

    Tagg Romney, proving that berries don't fall far from the dingle.

    July 29, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  6. Jack

    Who builds the roads in this country? Who subsidizes the railroad in this country? Who subsidizes the shipping ports in this country? Who ensures commercial bank loans in this country? Who funds research in this country? Who ensures the sanctity of patents in this country? No one creates anything in this country in isolation. We are all interdependent and the gov't is part of this and a aid.

    July 29, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  7. Sue

    It is hilarious watching/listening to the liberals, every time that Romney uses one of the same political games/methods that Obama and the liberals use!!

    July 29, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  8. Wake up people

    Will the lies never cease from this draft dodging lying family? Do they think all of America is illiterate? Their non wealthy supporters should feel like their small amounts of intelligence have been insulted.

    OBAMA 2012!

    July 29, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  9. NameWeezie

    Like was said apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Not one of those boys have done a damn thing for their country but take from it. Mittens sure taught them a valuable lesson: just watch your sorry old man, draft dodger, puppet, bigot, and any other negative description you can think of and follow me! Him and his sons are pathetic. Who do you think will make the decisions if he gets elected? Not Mittens..the Puppeteers! Mittens is their puppet!!!!

    July 29, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. roro

    @scott – You must be drinking the Kool-Aid. It's Romney and people like him, who sent American jobs overseas. He won't be bringing them back either unless it's monetarily beneficial to himself and his rich buddies – you know the ones your taxes are paying for right now because you pay twice the tax rate they do.

    July 29, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  11. Anthony... proud tax payer

    Built by "US"? Who exactly is this "us"?
    Is it the people Obama was referring to in his speech? You know.. the road builders, and electricians, and car manufacturers, and infrastructure creators? You know.. we the people. Hence the term "YOU DIDNT BUILD THAT"

    Is it the 1 percenters or mythical job creators and millionaires Romney considers himself?

    This country was built by laborers, cheap workers, and slavery, last I checked.
    Seems any sign by Willard should read "Built by ME".

    Also, i highly doubt all the merchandise was built here.
    So their sign should also read "Built by THEM"

    And unlike Willard.. I actually PAY my taxes, so I too can be included in the "US" category.

    What also gets me is any of Romney's son would even try and speak during this campaign time. They must not know that they magnify their father's cowardice x5. And when Willard starts WW3 with Iran-China-Russia... I better see ALL 5 of them in the enlistment line before i ever see mine or anyone else's sons or daughters.

    July 29, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  12. when your nightmares end WILLARD begins

    @ Sue
    so I guess it really didn't bother you when your fellow Republicans accused Romney of doing the same thing to them in the primaries. In fact Newt Gingrich called the Romney campaign the "most dishonest he had ever seen". must have forgotten that didn't you..and those were NOT liberals making such accusations. But like most of your ilk you have selective memory. Face it Sue..not only do many Democrats not like Mitt Romney but many of your fellow Republicans do not like him as well. They might tell you that on FoxNews..not sure since I don't watch it though.

    July 29, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
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