Mitt Romney asserted today that President Obama’s remark that “if you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen,” was no “gaffe,” reports The Hill:
“It wasn’t a gaffe. It was instead his ideology,” Romney said.
The presumptive Republican nominee — in his home state for a morning visit to his campaign headquarters in Boston — insisted that the president believed “the collective” was responsible for the growth of business.
“The president does, in fact, believe that people who build enterprises like this really aren’t responsible for it,” Romney said. “But in fact it’s a collective success of the whole society that somehow builds enterprises like this. My view, we have to celebrate people who started enterprises and employ other people.”
Obama’s comment won’t be disappearing from Romney’s stump speech anytime soon, it appears.
UPDATE: Noah Glyn captured the conference on video, posted after the jump.