The “build that” battle heats up
Governor Bob McDonnell still won’t talk about his prospects, but Wednesday he started a two day run on behalf of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
McDonnell joined two local business owners to keep up a chorus of attacks over a line in President Barack Obama‘s speech in Roanoke earlier in the month. The attacks have been so fierce that the president himself responded to them directly in a TV ad.
At a local small business, McDonnell was joined by two local business owners who claimed they were offended by the comments.
But the Obama campaign is not just allowing the attacks to go unanswered.
Here is my report for NBC12:
It was one line in a speech delivered by president obama here in Virginia and it has quickly become a key battle point in the presidential election.
The president was talking about the importance of the government’s role in creating and helping businesses survive. But his remarks have offended some small business owners and the Romney campaign is seizing on the opportunity.
It was one line that has transformed into a campaign slogan for Mitt Romney.
“If you got a business,” Obama said in Roanoke. “You didn’t build that.”
You didn’t build that, has become “we did build it” and on a banner behind a Governor Bob McDonnell at a Romney event in Richmond.
“This is a president and an administration that is out of touch, out of ideas and as far as I am concerned out of time,” McDonnell said.
The president has personally responded to the attack line with a new campaign ad.
“Those ads taking my words about small business out of context;” Obama says speaking directly to the camera, “They’re flat out wrong.”
But, local business owner Melissa Ball, said reading the entire speech, made her even more upset.
“The one phrase wasn’t even as bad as the whole together,” she said.
Democrats counter that Ball is the perfect example of a business owner who has directly benefited from government help.
“The recovery act helped some small business get access to capital,” among other things, pointed out Obama supporter Del. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)
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Meanwhile, McDonnell heads to Iowa tomorrow along with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. Both are considered contenders in the VP stakes.