Team Romney aggressively courting small business in swing states this week

posted at 11:21 am on July 25, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Mitt Romney may be abroad this week at the Olympics and Israel, but his campaign plans to press ahead aggressively this week on the theme handed to them by Barack Obama.  ABC’s Shushannah Walshe reports that the Romney campaign will attack Obama for his “you didn’t build that” speech by organizing small business owners in swing states for rallies:

The Romney campaign has been heavily pressing their “you didn’t build that” attacks for the past ten days and Wednesday is their biggest push yet with events with small business owners in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Virginia, Ohio, Iowa, Florida, Missouri, North Carolina, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Nevada. …

In events at small businesses in locations as varied as Waukesha, Wis. to Palm Beach, Fla. to Columbus, Ohio, entrepreneurs will express their anger at the “you didn’t build that, somebody else made that happen” line.

Lou Ramos, a small business owner from Tampa, will be at his local event. He owns an information technology and computer training company called Value Enterprise Solutions, Inc.  and he said the president’s comments made him “almost throw up when I heard it.”

Ramos is a 64 year old Hispanic veteran, serving in the military from 1973-97, including two tours at the Pentagon, and he said he did read and watch all of the president’s comments in context, not just the two sentences continually highlighted by the campaign.

“I heard the whole thing and I read it,” Ramos told ABC News, mentioning he did like Obama when he spoke at the Democratic National Convention in 2004. “I heard the whole thing…The guy was talking sincere…This guy thinks success is about government hand outs and not perseverance.”

Team Obama continues to complain that Romney and his campaign are taking the quote out of context.  Obama himself said he’s running out of patience with the attack (via JWF and Instapundit):

President Barack Obama said Tuesday that he’s losing his patience over the Republican attacks aimed at his “you didn’t build that” comment.

“I have to tell you, I generally have patience with what the other side says about me, that’s a requirement of this job,” Obama said during a $5,000-per-plate fundraiser here, according to the pool report.

“And if you don’t like folks talking about you, you probably shouldn’t run for president. The one thing I do have no patience for is this argument that somehow what I’m criticizing is success… I want to promote success,” Obama said.

Obama’s defenders insist that Obama referred to building the infrastructure, not the businesses.  Jim Geraghty puts the whole sequence up on his site and asks whether that’s true:

 If Obama really meant “roads and bridges” when he said “you didn’t build that,” why didn’t he say “those” instead of “that”?

That misses the point anyway.  In the entire statement, Obama never acknowledges the key difference between those who work hard and benefit from infrastructure, and those who create businesses and expand the marketplace: risk.  Perhaps some are smarter than business creators, and perhaps some work just as hard or harder, although I believe on average a business creator has to work much harder to keep from failing than a salaried employee does at an already-established firm.  The difference is that the business creator takes significant financial risks in launching a business, which the benefits the economy by expanding markets, enhancing demand, and creating jobs.

Add that to the fact that it’s these markets that create the capital to build and maintain the infrastructure that Obama adores, and small business owners mean a great deal to their communities.  Their success would never have happened without that risk, which Obama ignored entirely in this speech, and the infrastructure would crumble without that kind of constant economic expansion that gets produced by risk-takers.

Team Romney has found a powerful theme and argument for this election, and no greater confirmation could be found than to have Obama cutting campaign ads to explain himself and griping in public about having to answer for his disdain for business creators.


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I’d like to see President Romney blame everything on Obama at least the first year so they can get a taste of their own medicine.

Wagthatdog on July 25, 2012 at 12:05 PM

He won’t because he will solve many of the problems in the first year…Mitt doesn’t place the blame on others, he will fix the problem.

right2bright on July 25, 2012 at 12:15 PM

So, BO, whose campaign has been lying about Romney’s record at Bain, is now complaining that Romney is accurately quoting him? “Do as I say, not as I do” … indeed.

Junior Jimmy Carter cannot get out of office fast enough for me.

OrbeaRider66 on July 25, 2012 at 12:15 PM

It’s more effective to call him a Wunderkind. His elitists know what you mean and absolutely get stung by the hurt of him being anything but one.

Schadenfreude on July 25, 2012 at 12:08 PM

..tangential, Schade, is the comment somewhere above by the lovely and talented rockmom (whom I greatly admire), about how the “you did not build it” continues to anger her. I feel the same way and sense that is the case with many millions of others.

It’s the seamy insinuation of the grifters, leeches, ward heelers, and pols into the pathetic day-to-day victories we wrest from the steaming pile of gummint intrusion.

IT ALL ENDS IN NOVEMBER.

The War Planner on July 25, 2012 at 12:27 PM

To borrow on and further torture the Blitzkrieg metaphor, our Jug Eared Wonder Boy is about to feel what it was like to be on the outskirts of Stalingrad.

I think the strategy is to make him look weak and irrelevant, especially as regards to foreign policy…

Pest on July 25, 2012 at 12:31 PM

If Obama really meant “roads and bridges” when he said “you didn’t build that,” why didn’t he say “those” instead of “that”?

That misses the point anyway.

Um, no. The alternative is to believe that this dolt can’t match his pronouns and noun numbers and is still smart enough to be president.

He hasn’t asked for a mulligan for the poor grammar, he said “What I said was…” then amended his remarks unjustifiably.

The whole statement was atrocious. Even if we allow “that” to mean the roads and bridges, the whole point of the diatribe was to charge up the base with class envy based on the labor theory of value, and their perception that luck and racism explain more than hard work, perseverance, and risk taking.

Akzed on July 25, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Mitt looking presidential at the Olympics, mixing with heads of state at the same event he single-handedly made a success in Salt Lake City while O is still here sniveling about some meanies saying mean things about him while demanding more money from out-of-touch Hollywood elites, WAAAAAAAA!!!…

Pest on July 25, 2012 at 12:37 PM

IT ALL ENDS IN NOVEMBER.

The War Planner on July 25, 2012 at 12:27 PM

May it be so…but that is just one day. These thugs won’t go quietly. The time btw. Nov. 6 and Jan. 20 will be very dangerous. Those lame ducks will be malevolent.

Schadenfreude on July 25, 2012 at 12:40 PM

I don’t think that it’s fair for Romney to court all of those small businesses that obama’s government worked so hard to build.

Pork-Chop on July 25, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Romney is right — Obama’s ideology is foreign to Americans. I’ve listened to the entire section of the speech several times now and I am still angry. The hostility to the entire productive class is just dripping from his mouth.

It is shocking.

There is nothing Obama or his media mouthpieces can do now to un-ring this bell. He has laid bare his foreign ideology, and must be held accountable for it.

rockmom on July 25, 2012 at 12:03 PM

+ 35 million, one for each small business person

p.s. Yes, TWP, rockmom rocks – brougth the comment over, for HA historical purposes, for column 2

Schadenfreude on July 25, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Obama’s defenders insist that Obama referred to building the infrastructure, not the businesses.

Because that’s obviously what he did mean. Ed Morrissey knows that. Mitt Romney knows that. Any non-moron knows that.

The Romney campaign’s deliberate misrepresentation of the President’s remarks –and the right-wing media’s abetting of that lie– says a great deal about the character of those involved in the GOP effort.

Drew Lowell on July 25, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Drew Lowell on July 25, 2012 at 12:43 PM

That’s not what he said, Skippy.

kingsjester on July 25, 2012 at 12:44 PM

“And if you don’t like folks talking about you, you probably shouldn’t run for president. The one thing I do have no patience for is this argument that somehow what I’m criticizing is success… I want to promote success,” Obama said.

How stupid does he think we are?

Alana on July 25, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Focusing on those two lines is a nice sound bite, but even in the larger context, this is damning. It is so obvious that he believes government can create successful entrepreneurs! He actually believes it! He also believes that entrepreneurs play a minimal role in their own success, with most of the credit going to government for its role in providing infrastructure.

Anyone who has ventured into the third world has experienced first-hand the handicaps to building a business with minimal infrastructure in place. Minimal infrastructure is a real handicap to be sure, but most who have experienced this phenomenon will also tell you that it is easier to overcome those infrastructure handicaps than it is to overcome the handicaps created by government regulation in the US.

BO will layer on handicaps to the point where it is less expensive, less time consuming, and more profitable to overcome a lack of infrastructure abroad than to build a business here.

theosdad on July 25, 2012 at 12:47 PM

OblahBlah criticises those who work hard and pay for those roads, bridges and infrastructure to be built and maintained just to appeal to his free riders who ride freely on that same infrastructure all the while siphoning their income of the backs of those hard workers who built the roads, bridges and infrastructure.

“Nothing wrong with that, it’s working!” Unemployment checks up, food stamps up, disability income filings up, out pacing job creation!

Soon the non workers will live in a Utopia where no-one works!

Where Obama stash pays for alll!

Whoot!
S/

ConcealedKerry on July 25, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Alana on July 25, 2012 at 12:45 PM

he must think we are kool-aid drinkers…

cmsinaz on July 25, 2012 at 12:51 PM

The Romney campaign’s deliberate misrepresentation of the President’s remarks –and the right-wing media’s abetting of that lie– says a great deal about the character of those involved in the GOP effort.

Drew Lowell on July 25, 2012 at 12:43 PM

lester! ‘Zat you?

1. Tell us exactly how the Romney campaign deliberately misrepresented what O’bama did say.

2. Tell us why you think the Democrat Media is “right-wing”. Especially given that Fake “Poll” NBC put out last night trying to prop up your Dear Leader.

Z— Third time this week I’ve given out my Lowest Grade. You must be so proud!

Del Dolemonte on July 25, 2012 at 12:53 PM

How stupid does he think we are?

Alana on July 25, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Here’s your answer

Drew Lowell on July 25, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Del Dolemonte on July 25, 2012 at 12:54 PM

The hostility to the entire productive class is just dripping from his mouth.

rockmom on July 25, 2012 at 12:03 PM

His hostility is toward a meritocracy. And small wonder. He has no merit, himself.

The Rogue Tomato on July 25, 2012 at 12:55 PM

The one thing I do have no patience for is this argument that somehow what I’m criticizing is success… I want to promote success,” Obama said.

Sure you do champ. You are all about promoting success for you and your cronies, unions and the public sector. Small businesses and individual Americans not so much.

txmomof6 on July 25, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Because that’s obviously what he did mean. Ed Morrissey knows that. Mitt Romney knows that. Any non-moron knows that.

The Romney campaign’s deliberate misrepresentation of the President’s remarks –and the right-wing media’s abetting of that lie– says a great deal about the character of those involved in the GOP effort.

Drew Lowell on July 25, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Oh, so we are to try to read into Obooba’s words the meaning that would be most beneficial to him and his sycophants, despite grammar etc.

Ok!

How is is that quoting the man directly misrepresents him?

Akzed on July 25, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Posters like Drew refuse to belive their own ears and rush to “interpret” what the “greatest orator since Lincol” (not to mention the smartest President EVER) REALLY meant! Do you think Drew would give the same benefit of the doubt to Romeny when the liberals took his “we don’t have to worry about the poor” comment…saying, of course, that there are safety nets in place for them. Nah…it’s just not in their DNA to be fair about such things.
Here’s a clue, Drew, listen to the comments, and then listen to them again….there’s NO interpretation of his intent. He’s trying to appeal to the audience who, of oourse, gave him the old “Amen” response.

shootingstar on July 25, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Drew Lowell on July 25, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Look what we found when we turned over the rock of truth?

I love when you guys come out when Obama is exposed for being the doofus he is…and you guys, such winning arguments.

Pal, listen to what he said, the whole thing… Any non-moron knows that.

right2bright on July 25, 2012 at 1:03 PM

If you are taking flak you must be over the target….

Bombs away, Romney!

Tenwheeler on July 25, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Obama himself said he’s running out of patience with the attack

Yeah, well, We The People long ago ran out of patience with Oslacker and his broken promises, failure–not merely lack–of transparency, bad policies, job-killing rules and regs, lies and excuses, and more lies and more excuses …

Funny thing about this whole “you didn’t build that” issue is that in addition to missing the point about taking risks, he also misses the point that the business owners he dissed are the real job creators. Ojobkiller has alienated the one group that could have had the greatest impact on getting him re-elected but he’s too much of a prezuhdunce to realize it.

stukinIL4now on July 25, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Drew Lowell on July 25, 2012 at 12:43 PM

That you didn’t build your business- someone else did?

Because that’s exactly what he said, no matter how you demand others interpret it.

Chuck Schick on July 25, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Lou Ramos, a small business owner from Tampa, will be at his local event. … he said the president’s comments made him “almost throw up when I heard it.”

But but but, Lou, Republicans hate hispanics!!!11! /sarc

KS Rex on July 25, 2012 at 1:26 PM

The Romney campaign’s deliberate misrepresentation of the President’s remarks –and the right-wing media’s abetting of that lie– says a great deal about the character of those involved in the GOP effort.

Drew Lowell on July 25, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Do you really want a knock down drag out over who’s character is morally superior?

That’s a suckers game for Obama and his cronies.. How worked up did you get over the Obama campaigns spokeswoman calling Romney a felon?

A bald faced lie.. and that tells me that the Obama campaign is a nest of cockroaches who will do anything to get their Dear Leader re-elected.. no lie is too big for the true believers in the Obama koolaid tank.

Bring it..

Romney will kneecap your guy with his own words till election day.. and the more po’d Obama gets, the more the mask slips and the stupider his statements are.

I absolutely want your side to make this about character.. Romney will have your’s and Axelrod’s lunch before the day even starts.

mark81150 on July 25, 2012 at 1:28 PM

The answer to the leftist detractors that try to deflect the truth with “out of context” lies, is but one.

“This is the heart and soul of the man and the agenda–government is all to all and you’d better never forget that because we intend to help you do just that.”

Romney has been given the free card to attack this agenda with everything he has-never letting up and doubling down with the truth about the danger to all of us who enjoy freedom.

Don L on July 25, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Drew Lowell on July 25, 2012 at 12:43 PM

I’ve yet to hear a context where Obama’s statement is logical or makes any sense. Even if we are to believe you that our president has trouble with the English language it’s still a stupid and decisive statement that shows his ignorance of the roll small businesses play in this country.

Hey, maybe you’re right and Obama is simply an inelegant speaker who doesn’t understand where taxes come from or how any government projects are funded.

Ampersand on July 25, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Del Dolemonte on July 25, 2012 at 12:54 PM

+ 100..Right on target!..:)

Dire Straits on July 25, 2012 at 1:48 PM

So all those lines about “you think you’re so smart” and “you think you work so hard” were about infrastructure? Who knew?

Scrappy on July 25, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Obama is losing patience?

err.. ok..

is that supposed to be scarey or something?

Millions of us lost patience with this Chump in Chief when his closest fans booed Marine One as it carried Bush off to retirement.. they couldn’t even have the common decency the day demanded.. and be Americans for ten minutes instead of socialist jerks.

Lost patience when his Homeland security chief released a report citing veterans, pro-life supporters, and small government believers as security risks to the country… much higher than Jihadi’s hiding in American cities.. F her.. and him for releasing it, then attempting to say it was Bush’s report when all those involved said Big sister personally had changes made to that report before releasing it..

Lost patience when he and Nacy (I’m an idiot) Pelosi labeled decent Americans Nazi’s and terrorists for demanding answers at townhall meetings. Declared Tea Party protestors as racists when even after Pelosi led her in your face gavel stroking provocation march to the Capitol building, they never crossed that line.. hundreds of camera’s and phones from that afternoon showed that it clearly DID NOT HAPPEN.. even a 100 grand reward for audio backing up that false claim got no result..didn’t stop the left wing MSM from repeating that smear as truth every five minutes.

Lost patience with being called UnAmerican, unpatriotic, traitor, racist, sexist, homophobe and trailer trash redneck…. by every simpering halfwit in the democrat party with an agenda and a microphone.

Lost patiencfe with a president tearing MY country in two, driving the races apart, pitting the middle class against the rich.. the poor against the middle class. The elitist academic left smearing every conservative at every oppurtunity, with all the zeal of a Taliban shooting female students for their apostate views..

Lost patience?

How about sick to my stomach tired of the lies twisted reality and outright lunacy of the nutjob left which the democrat party has let run it since McGovern slimed his way onto the national stage.

sick of the entire pathetic dog and poney show which is the current democrat party. >>

mark81150 on July 25, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Obama’s defenders insist that Obama referred to building the infrastructure, not the businesses.

And just who PAID FOR ALL THAT INFRASTRUCTURE?

Obama… not just fail, but double-down-on-dumb FAIL!

dominigan on July 25, 2012 at 3:22 PM

mark81150 on July 25, 2012 at 2:40 PM

[stands and applauds]

PREACH IT BROTHER!

dominigan on July 25, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Romney has to turn this not just into small business but everyone;’s success

“if you were smart, you didn’t…”
“if you worked hard, you didn’t..”

not just business, but everybody

audiotom on July 25, 2012 at 3:41 PM

The Romney campaign’s deliberate misrepresentation of the President’s remarks –and the right-wing media’s abetting of that lie– says a great deal about the character of those involved in the GOP effort.

Drew Lowell on July 25, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Considering the entire context of the speech was posted, I’d say it says a great deal about the character of him and those defending him that are LYING about a misrepresentation. We know EXACTLY what we heard.

dominigan on July 25, 2012 at 4:56 PM

And, frankly, the business owners DID build that – even if he means the infrastructure.

Business owners and the “1%” pay way more than their fair share in taxes, and thus, have paid for MORE than their fair share of the infrastructure.

Good point about risk, too. Rarely mentioned.

Pablo Snooze on July 25, 2012 at 5:55 PM

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