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

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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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