Mitt Romney’s Presidential campaign is continuing to play up President Barack Obama’s “You didn’t build that” remark with a new website that gives small business owners the opportunity to share how they formed their companies.
The comment, made by the President during a campaign stop in Roanoke, Virginia, has provided ample cannon fodder for Republicans, who have attempted to cast it as a slap in the face to small business owners.
Democrats have charged that the remark was taken out of context and that the President was simply trying to emphasize that private enterprise benefits from an active government.
“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help,” the President said on the July 13thcampaign appearance. “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.”
The new site, builtbyus.mittromney.com, currently features nine videos of small business owners.
The Romney campaign launched a series of events promoting a similar theme in approximately a dozen swing states earlier this week. Under the name “We Did Build This,” the events feature business owners and Republican lawmakers.
ThinkProgress has reported that a number of business owners who attended the events were the recipients of government loans and contracts.