The Obama team--concerned about the impact of Mitt Romney's stepping up attacks on the president--on remarks he made about building companies and the role of individuals and business-- released a new spot on Tuesday afternoon--to rebut Romney, to run in six battleground states.
The ad, titled "Always" will air in Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, and Nevada.
Response from Romney campaign to the spot:
"It's clear what President Obama believes because he told us: 'if you've got a business -- you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen.' He said it, and he meant it." - Ryan Williams, Romney Spokesman
My post with the background on "you didn't build this" controversy is HERE.
below, release from Obama campaign....
Obama for America Releases New Television Ad: "Always"
CHICAGO -- Obama for America released a new television advertisement today titled "Always." Despite the Romney campaign's attempts to distort President Obama's words, the President has always believed in the drive and ingenuity of America's entrepreneurs and workers. He believes the only way to create an economy built to last is to build it from the middle out, not the top down. Ensuring a strong economy starts with investments in education, energy, innovation and infrastructure, continuing to help our entrepreneurs and workers grow our economy and the middle class.
The American people have a clear choice in this election between two fundamentally different visions of how to grow the economy, create middle-class jobs and pay down the debt.
"Always" will air in Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, and Nevada.
Please click HERE to watch the new ad.
President Obama to camera
POTUS SYNC: Those ads taking my words about small business out of context - they're flat out wrong. Of course Americans build their own businesses.
ROMNEY'S NEW AD IS DELIBERATELY DISTORTING PRESIDENT OBAMA'S WORDS AND HAS BEEN CRITICIZED WIDELY IN THE PRESS
The Washington Post Fact Checker: Romney's Ad "Deceivingly Cuts Away From Obama Speaking In Order To Make It Seem As If The Sentences Follow One Another." "The biggest problem with Romney's ad is that it leaves out just enough chunks of Obama's words -- such as a reference to "roads and bridges"-- so that it sounds like Obama is attacking individual initiative. The ad deceivingly cuts away from Obama speaking in order to make it seem as if the sentences follow one another, when in fact eight sentences are snipped away. Suddenly, the word "that" appears as if it is referring to a business, rather than (apparently) to roads and bridges." [Washington Post Fact-Checker, 7/23/12]
Ø The Washington Post Fact Checker: "Romney Descends Into Silly Season When He Extrapolates Obama's Quote And Says That Means Obama Believes Steve Jobs Did Not Build Apple Computers." [Washington Post Fact-Checker, 7/23/12]
Ø The Washington Post Fact Checker Gave Three Pinocchios To Romney's Use Of President Obama's Comment On How Education And Infrastructure Can Help Small Businesses Succeed. [Washington Post Fact-Checker, 7/23/12]
The Washington Post's Ezra Klein Called Romney's Ad A "Misleading Attack Ad" Stating, "In Romney's Ad, 'That' Refers To 'Building A Business.' In Obama's Remarks, 'That' Refers To The Roads And Bridges." [Washington Post, WonkBlog, 7/19/12]
Los Angeles Times: Romney Was "Mischaracterizing" President Obama's Comment, Where He Praised Individual Achievement And Said Success By Anyone Rests On Contributions From Others. "But Romney was mischaracterizing what Obama actually said. In his full comment, Obama lauded individual achievement but said success by anyone rests on contributions from others, such as school teachers or road builders." [Los Angeles Times, 7/17/12]
Huffington Post: In Reacting To President Obama's Remark, Mitt Romney "Ignored Its Original Context," Which Was That "Businesses Needed Infrastructure Investment To Succeed." "Mitt Romney on Tuesday seized on a recent remark by President Barack Obama to paint him as anti-business, but he took it out of context. 'If you've got a business, you didn't build that, somebody else made that happen,' Obama said Friday... But in his reaction to the remark, Romney ignored its original context. When he made the comment in Roanoke, Va. Friday, Obama was arguing that businesses needed infrastructure investment to succeed." [Huffington Post, 7/17/12]
Americans at work in small businesses
POTUS VO: Every day, hard-working people sacrifice to meet a payroll, create jobs, and make our economy run.
President Obama to camera
POTUS SYNC: And what I said was that we need to stand behind them, as America always has...
PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID THAT THE POINT IS, WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER
President Obama Said "Somebody Helped To Create This Unbelievable American System That We Have That Allowed You To Thrive. Somebody Invested In Roads And Bridges. If You've Got A Business--You Didn't Build That. Somebody Else Made That Happen" And Noted "The Point Is We're All In This Together." "There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me -- because they want to give something back. They know they didn't -- look, if you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own. You didn't get there on your own. 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. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something -- there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there. If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business -- you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn't get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet. The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together. There are some things, just like fighting fires, we don't do on our own. I mean, imagine if everybody had their own fire service. That would be a hard way to organize fighting fires. So we say to ourselves, ever since the founding of this country, you know what, there are some things we do better together." [Remarks by the President in Roanoke, 7/13/12]
Americans receiving jobs training, building infrastructure, and working in research
POTUS VO: By investing in education and training, roads and bridges, research and technology.
PRESIDENT OBAMA CALLED FOR INVESTMENT IN EDUCATION, INFRASTRUCTURE, AND TECHNOLOGY
In Remarks At Roanoke, President Obama Called For Investments In Education, Infrastructure, And Technology. "So you know how important that is to growing an economy. Let's take some of that money and rebuild our roads and our bridges and our rail systems, and let's build wireless networks into rural communities so everybody can tap into world markets. Let's put construction workers back to work doing what they do best and that is rebuilding America. That's why I'm running for a second term as President of the United States. That's the choice you face. I'm running to make sure that our kids are getting the best education in the world. When I came into office, we passed a tuition tax credit that has saved millions of families thousands of dollars, and now I want to extend it. But I don't want to stop there. We just won a fight thanks to some of the folks who are here, including students from VT that -- we just won a fight to make sure that student loan interest rates would not double." [Remarks by the President in Roanoke, 7/13/12]
President Obama to camera
POTUS SYNC: I'm Barack Obama and I approve this message because I believe we're all in this together.