Romney on Obama Quote: That Was No Gaffe

President's 'you didn't build that' comment is his ideology, says Republican

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 19, 2012 6:06 PM CDT

(Newser) – Mitt Romney is apparently looking to turn a President Obama comment from last week—"If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen"—into a campaign theme. Romney says the comment, which the Republican candidate has focused on for three straight days, "wasn't a gaffe. It was his ideology," Yahoo News reports. "The president does, in fact, believe that people who build enterprises like this really aren't responsible for it," Romney said at a Boston-area truck repair shop. "My view, we have to celebrate people who started enterprises and employ other people," he added, according to the Hill.

The Obama camp, for its part, says the president was making the point that businesses use roads, infrastructure, and other public amenities, a view that Elizabeth Warren expressed to much acclaim earlier. Meanwhile, Ann Romney says not to expect any more tax returns from her husband, the AP notes. "We've given all that people need to know," she said on ABC today, a quote that's getting plenty of traction on the left.

Mitt Romney talks about jobs during a campaign stop at Middlesex Truck and Coach on Thursday, July 19, 2012, in Roxbury, Mass.
Mitt Romney talks about jobs during a campaign stop at Middlesex Truck and Coach on Thursday, July 19, 2012, in Roxbury, Mass.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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