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New Obama ad: 'Of course Americans build their own businesses'



Yep, another new Obama ad in Florida. This time, he's on the defensive.

It pushes back on Mitt Romney's use of Obama's "you didn't build that" comment, which has been taken out of context (the context makes it even worse, Romney says). Whatever the case, Obama's response today shows the attack has been effective.

“Always” also will air in Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, Iowa, and Nevada. The ad, and one yesterday, was shot in the West Wing -- an unusual but not unprecedented setting that could generate its own controversy.

Romney response:

Mitt Romney on CNBC’s “The Kudlow Report,” 7/23/12:

“Well, just read the whole speech. I found the speech even more disconcerting than just that particular line. The context is worse than the quote. The context, he says, you know, you think you've been successful because you're smart, but he says a lot of people are smart. You think you've been successful because you work hard, a lot of people work hard. This is an ideology which says hey, we're all the same here, we ought to take from all and give to one another and that achievement, individual initiative and risk-taking and success are not to be rewarded as they have in the past. It's a very strange and in some respects foreign to the American experience type of philosophy. We have always been a nation that has celebrated success of various kinds. The kid that gets the honor roll, the individual worker that gets a promotion, the person that gets a better job. And in fact, the person that builds a business.”

Obama's comments generated this Romney ad:

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 6:28pm]


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