Across the nation, the Romney campaign held round-table discussions with small business owners capitalizing on the Obama rallying cry telling successful businesses “You didn’t build that“:
For the second week now, Republicans are laser focused on a comment President Barack Obama made during a campaign speech that they say proves Obama’s negative attitude toward business… The Romney camp is holding dozens of events in swing states across the country featuring small business owners and GOP politicians to keep the fire flamed on Obama’s “you didn’t build that,” remark. Three were held in Pennsylvania Wednesday and several are planned in the Lehigh Valley for Friday. Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, a loyal foot soldier for Romney, is expected to attend in Allentown.
At the state Capitol building in Harrisburg on Wednesday, Tom Smith, the man challenging incumbent Democrat Bob Casey for the U.S. Senate, blamed Obama for stifling business. “In 1989, my wife and I mortgaged everything we owned so that I could enter the coal business myself, in the hope that we could build a better life for our family,” Smith said, according to a press release after the event. “After more than two decades in the business I sold the companies in 2010. At that point we were mining more than a million tons of coal a year and employed more than 130 people. Unfortunately, that opportunity is no longer a viable option, and America is now plagued by an administration that would rather mock our hard work and entrepreneurial spirit out of ignorance, than support and encourage small businesses to thrive.”