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Romney’s Five Worst ‘You Didn’t Build That’ Moments

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Romney’s Five Worst ‘You Didn’t Build That’ Moments

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Mitt Romney has spent the better part of two weeks hammering President Obama with his out of context “you didn’t build that” attack, claiming that the remark proves that President Obama is some sort of out of touch socialist.

Unfortunately for Romney, he has had some trouble making the case stick. Several incidents in Romney’s past undermine his attack, and many of the “self-made” businesses that he’s used as props have actually received substantial support from the government. Overall, as Adam Serwer writes in Mother Jones, “If Romney was trying to prove that businesses only succeed on the backs of Galtian ubermensches with no external help, he’s mostly proved the opposite point.”

Here are Romney’s five worst “you didn’t build that” moments (so far:)

Henry Decker

Henry Decker was formerly the Managing Editor of The National Memo. He is currently an Online Associate at MRCampaigns.

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51 Comments

  1. bcarreiro July 25, 2012

    mitt doesnt know what it is to use a hammer, americans work hard for their pay and receive minimal back on their taxes….so why are you hiding yours?

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  2. William Deutschlander July 25, 2012

    Unfortunately Romney has no clue what was even said, which further proves his incompetence to serve in any public office!

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    1. Dominick Vila July 25, 2012

      You are right, unfortunately President Obama fumbled the delivery of his message and gave Mitt an opportunity to shift attention from his outsourcing schemes, potential money laundering and tax evasion. The President was correct in reminding everyone that we are a product of our upbringing and that we owe our success, at least in part, to our parents, mentors, teachers, the schools we attended, the environment we grew up in, and the infrastructure that supports our business initiatives. That does not mean successful businessmen and investors don’t deserve recognition and praise for their achievements, it simply means we don’t operate in a vacuum and the government, as well as our families and every person that has touched our lives, have in one way or another contributed to who we are today…and to our successes and failures.

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    2. Michael Lester Plumb July 29, 2012

      You’re giving old Mitt too much credit. He knows damn well what he’s doing. While the internet and political class bat this around for a few weeks, it will hit home and score him points with unemployed swing voters. It’s not aimed at the people posting here, who regardless of side know on a basic level the Romney line of attack is 1. Dishonest 2. Factually wrong. But again, he doesn’t care because the people who don’t keep up with things like this either via ignorance or lack of time might very well be swayed by the lies and misinformation. If lies and misinformation didn’t work, sooner or later politicians would stop spewing them.

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      1. WYSKWY August 2, 2012

        Down here in North Carolina his lies are believed because he is Republican, anti-abortion, and wants to put god in our government. Nothing else matters to most people.

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  3. YepThatTell July 25, 2012

    Great talking points for the political hip-pocket here!

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  4. Jerry Brooks July 25, 2012

    If you’re gonna make a fool out of yourself Mr. Romney, you’ve picked a winner, using actors and businesses that have taken their turn to feed at the government trough.

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  5. ObozoMustGo July 25, 2012

    Another of Obozo’s “you didn’t build that” moments…..

    [click image to enlarge]

    Have a nice day!

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    1. David Brown July 25, 2012

      Were you dropped on your head as a child or did the incest in your family make you the idiot that you obviouly are? Just curious.

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    2. DukeDacat July 25, 2012

      I have been reading through the comments just wondering how long it would take you to make some arsine stupid comment, one thing constant about you, is you never disappoint!!!

      I am just saying…. Have a nice day………

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      1. ObozoMustGo July 25, 2012

        hehehehehehehehehe!!!!!!! Glad I never disappoint you. 🙂

        Have a nice day!

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        1. metrognome3830 July 25, 2012

          Hey, OMG, I know you can do better than that.

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          1. ObozoMustGo July 25, 2012

            I wanted to disappoint him! 🙂

            What’s happening Metro?

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    3. Justin Napolitano July 25, 2012

      Obozo, your back with your stupid comments. I was beginning to wonder where you went.
      You are proof positive that evolution is not just a theory but a fact; you will disappear just like all things that refuse to adapt.
      Good bye Obozo and have a nice extinction.

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      1. ObozoMustGo July 25, 2012

        Go back to your crack pipe, Justin. It’s lonely for you!!!!!!!!!!!

        Have a nice high!

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    4. DurdyDawg July 26, 2012

      (Uh! ) Ahem…

      [go for it you image clickers]

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      1. ObozoMustGo July 26, 2012

        Yo Dawg! Nice pic. Mitt’s going to win, you know. By the way, I don’t remember seeing any leftist freaks complaining about how rich Kerry was. Or how Obozo has a mansion when he never had a real job in his life. Hmmmmmm???… Or how rich Kennedy, or Rockefeller, or any of the other leftists are. All I heard was…. crickets…… crickets….. crickets….. No conservatives cared how rich those guys were. I suppose the leftists only care if someone is rich when they are a Republican, correct?

        Have a great day, Dawg!

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        1. DurdyDawg July 26, 2012

          It doesn’t matter Bozo.. Whoever wins, the people lose so winning in this respect is inconsequential (we’re all screwed).. If the rat man wins, down the drain with the poor, needy, sick and aged.. If Obama wins, the pubs will continue to block him at every junction.

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  6. AlfredSonny July 25, 2012

    Since Mitty hasn’t shared at least ten years of his tax returns, I am not convinced that he is not a tax evader. Americans should feel insulted by allowing a potential tax evader run loose and talk loosely about our President! Save money by saving ink and discontinue printing his Mitty-like stories.

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    1. THE July 25, 2012

      How did Obama get 10M-illion in his bank account Alfred? How about this deal.. If Romney needs to disclose his tax returns, Obama should disclose his as well. Say, back to Tony Rezko and the likes. I’d love to know where he got his money.

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      1. Jenny K. Hernandez July 25, 2012

        My understanding is that he’s released several tax returns, and not just estimates either.

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      2. Such July 26, 2012

        Obama HAS disclosed his returns for the past 10 years.

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      3. lillie49 July 26, 2012

        President Obama has shared 10 yrs of his tax returns. He made a lot of money off the sell of his books If Romney has nothing to hide he should do the same as did his own father . In Romeys own words he does not want to give others ammunition to use against him. If there is nothing there what ammunition is he talking about

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      4. 60ish July 26, 2012

        I believe Obama has already done so, as have all past presidential candidates. He and his wife are attorneys and have made money for which they could easily have earned the old fashioned way with income tax withholding rather than off shore shelters, Swiss bank accounts and stock market income (where much money begets much money at a lower tax rate than those who work for a living).
        Romney had a chance to clean up the returns he has disclosed, but going back too far will reveal how the rich stay rich and the poor just get poorer as well as the middle incomers fall into the poor class at an alarming rate.

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  7. AlfredSonny July 25, 2012

    No tax returns, no votes!

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  8. howa4x July 25, 2012

    Most small business start with an SBA loan not with venture capital, and if Bain took you over they would increase your debt ten fold and reap fess for doing it. then they would out source your labor the China and run you into a forced bankrupcy so they can avoid paying pension benefits
    This is the type of business that Romney is most proud of

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  9. sleeprn01 July 25, 2012

    Mr. Romney is the perfect GOP candidate, he is like Gumby, and can be molded anyway that his handlers want him to be.

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  10. highpckts July 25, 2012

    Do you suppose these guys even check out the facts that their speech writers write for them? Would you really stand up there and blatantly tell a lie knowing it will be proved to be a lie in the future?? Amazing!

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  11. highpckts July 25, 2012

    At the risk of sounding childish ” it takes a bozo to know one!”

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  12. Dominick Vila July 25, 2012

    I live in Florida and I am so sick of political ads that whenever they come up I walk away or turn the TV off, and that goes for both parties. I am not going to talk for anyone else, but what I want to hear from the candidate’s mouths is a vision and proposals on how to fix our economy and create jobs. Perhaps they should both call Bill Clinton and ask him how he managed to balance the budget, generate a surplus, and create 23 million jobs in 8 years….just saying…

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    1. edwardw69 July 25, 2012

      Absolutely true. Draft Bill Clinton.
      But by the same token, which is more frightening: the man who has no answer or the man who says he has the answer, but we will have to wait until after the election to hear it?

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      1. Jenny K. Hernandez July 25, 2012

        They both sound like Romney… Not to insult what you’re saying, but Obama at least takes a stance on a lot of things while “we’ll see” with Romney.

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  13. K3HY July 25, 2012

    Romney has no allegiance to our country.
    During the Vietnam war Romney avoided military service at the height of the fighting after high school by seeking and receiving four draft deferments, according to Selective Service records. They included college deferments and a 31-month stretch as a “minister of religion” in France, a classification for Mormon missionaries that the church at the time feared was being overused.

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  14. ssstickit July 25, 2012

    IT TAKES a VILLAGE to build THAT VILLAGE

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    1. DurdyDawg July 26, 2012

      Actually it takes villagers to build that village.. Get it right.

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      1. ssstickit July 26, 2012

        It takkes the entire village to build THAT You get it right
        Eat Me

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  15. ssstickit July 25, 2012

    It takes a VILLAGE to build that VILLAGE

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  16. ssstickit July 25, 2012

    it takes a VILLAGE to build that VILLAGE

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  17. Melvin Chatman July 25, 2012

    It’s a Mental Disorder called “Selective Amnesia Retro-activity”
    Only gets worse as time passes on!!

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  18. Joan Maurer July 25, 2012

    So now we know- if you receive $200.00 a month in food stamps you are just a pig at the trough of big government. If your company got federal assistance and contracts worth thosands or millions than you are a self made sucess.

    Lord help us if Romney wins and starts to run our government like he ran Bain Capital.

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    1. Jenny K. Hernandez July 25, 2012

      Obama should quote you.

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  19. K3HY July 25, 2012

    I Guess Mitt couldn’t destroy all the evidence quick enough.
    When Romney left the governorship of Massachusetts, 11 of his aides bought the hard drives of their state-issued computers to keep for themselves. Also before he left office, the governor’s staff had emails and other electronic communications by Romney’s administration wiped from state servers, state officials say.Those actions erased much of the internal documentation of Romney’s four-year tenure as governor, which ended in January 2007. Precisely what information was erased is unclear.

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  20. Johnny Thomas July 25, 2012

    The tools Romney is using got worn out when Bush stretched the truth out to get into office people are wiser wnd smarter to that kind of attitude .Both times they attacked Obama and Hillary on the world gun issue is a lie also I went and pain stackenly checked it out and all Hillary said was she was not going to try and change a freedom that most all Americans enjoy as not only hunting but personal protection .In fact my little business is doing better and better .I beleive that his way is long term and if you give the rich so much that they don’t need to make money then it stalls as to what has caused America to stall because of Bush making it to easy for them with the tax cuts for them.I remember my boss tried to convence me that the republicans way was good at the time we were enjoying what Clinton had done and all was good as soon as Bush went in all went down hill
    Johnny T

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  21. Justin Napolitano July 25, 2012

    Romney is the height of hypocrisy. He has benefited from many government programs while claiming he did it all himself.
    He is the son of a wealthy man who provided him with a huge leg up in life but claims he didn’t need or want that help.
    I wouldn’t vote for this guy if he was the only person on the ballot.

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  22. Faye Ward July 26, 2012

    Dam we need to get Bill Clinton back to get us out of this mess the republicans and G. Bush got us in all of this dept ,,Romney and the republicans blame Obama for Bush’s f up ,,,what a crook and now republicans wont to put anther crook in ,,what don’t they see ,,going to get rip off again ,,,to much fox news i guess,,,lol

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  23. DurdyDawg July 26, 2012

    My conclusion from all this (and there’s more) is that this guy has no intention of becoming president.. Somehow, someone is fooling us, and we’re falling for it. The first public presidential debate will answer all our questions then all we’ll have to do is try to find the hidden comic and find out what’s up his sleeve.

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  24. nomaster July 27, 2012

    Willard the Rat Man is still the chameleon he will always be. But then, that is politics in America a came of gotcha where lies are built upon lies. One can only hope that enough voters see through the cloaked lies. As alway like the magician he pulls another rat of a lie instead of a rabbit.

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  25. OKEY July 28, 2012

    Mitt Romney is a confused person. Just watch the way he speaks and the movement his mouth makes when he speaks.

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  26. Judith M July 28, 2012

    All we ever need to know was taught in Kindergarten. How to be yourself while still getting along with one another. Simple lesson, noble task.

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  27. Diana Baskin July 29, 2012

    Romney doesn’t care about facts or the truth. He is counting on people hating Obama more then they hate him.

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  28. Michael Lester Plumb July 29, 2012

    The problem is while the internet and political class can see though this Romney BS, the average voter either can’t or won’t understand the truth. They may indeed be swayed by this line of attack, even if on a basic intellectual level they have an inkling the Romney premise is flawed. People have never understood the extent to which government is in their lives, for better or worse. Like those tea party types demanding government get its hands off THEIR Medicare, as if a they’re entitled to it by God, not given it by government.

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