Obama Whines: Romney â€śTwisting My Wordsâ€ť Over â€śYou Didnâ€™t Build Thatâ€ť Remarkâ€¦
(Reuters) â€“ President Barack Obama accused Republican Mitt Romney on Tuesday of misrepresenting a comment he made about small business owners that the former Massachusetts governorâ€™s campaign has pounced upon as a sign the Democratic incumbent is anti-business.
Romneyâ€™s campaign seized on Obamaâ€™s comment that â€śif you own a business, you didnâ€™t build that,â€ť to portray the president as unsympathetic to small businesses that help boost the U.S. economy.
Obamaâ€™s point was that successful business owners have had the publicâ€™s help at some point in their lives through public education, roads or other government-funded projects that created an environment for businesses to bloom.
â€śIt wasnâ€™t a gaffe,â€ť Romney said at a trucking company just outside of Boston last week. â€śIt was instead his ideology.â€ť