In a new campaign ad, President Barack Obama hits back personally at Republican charges that he thinks entrepreneurs don't deserve credit for building their own businesses. Obama's direct-to-the-camera appeal may be a sign that the latest onslaught from his opponents has rattled re-election strategists in Chicago.
"Those ads taking my words about small business out of context--they're flat-out wrong," the president says in the 31-second pitch. "Of course Americans build their own businesses. Every day, hard-working 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 and training, roads and bridges research and technology," he says. "I'm Barack Obama and I approve this message because I believe we're all in this together."
For days, Mitt Romney has led Republican attacks on Obama over his defense of the role government plays in fostering a climate in which entrepreneurs can thrive. At a July 13 campaign rally in Roanoke, Va., the president pointed to spending on education and infrastructure like roads and bridges as well as "this unbelievable American system" and declared "if you've got a business—you didn't build that." Romney and the Republican National Committee have used those words as ammunition to charge that Obama scorns personal enterprise in favor of a government-knows-best approach.
The Republican ads take Obama's words out of context. But the attacks seem potent at a time when each candidate is trying to paint his opponent as out of touch—or worse—on the issue that matters most to voters: the economy, which is still sputtering three and a half years after Obama took office vowing to fix it.Read More »from Obama hits out personally at Romney ads on ‘you didn’t build that’