Romney takes “you didn’t build that” to Virginia

Politics,Beltway Confidential,Conn Carroll

If you liked Mitt Romney’s first web video, “These Hands,” featuring New Hampshire business owner Jack Gilchrist, you’ll like Romney’s latest installment, “These Hands: Virginia,” featuring Nevada business owner Melissa Ball. This time around, Team Romney has added Obama’s “it worked” claim into the mix. Full text of the ad is below:

VIDEO TEXT: “Richmond, Virginia”   PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: “If you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own.”  
VIDEO TEXT: “Ball Office Products”   PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: “I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart.
There are a lot of smart people out there.” VIDEO TEXT: “Melissa Ball, Owner”   PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: “It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something.” PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: “If you’ve got a business—you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” MELISSA BALL: “My initial response was one of being insulted for not just myself, but really for our entire team. For a guy who gets up at four o’clock in the morning and drives a truck all day long, in 104 degree weather, and works until six o’clock at night. He built this business as much as I did. The comments that the President’s plan has worked, I haven’t seen it work. I’ve seen customers and companies go out of business. I’ve seen friends lose jobs. It certainly doesn’t feel like it’s working. We need a president who understands business. Who understands what it means to make payroll. Who understands what it means to grow a business and to be successful. I’m proud that we’re still here. I’m proud that we have a team of people who are really successful. Despite the tough economic times we’re experiencing, we built this business.”   VIDEO TEXT: “In Virginia”   VIDEO TEXT: “We Built It.”
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