At a fundraiser last night in Oakland, Calif., President Obama criticized Mitt Romney for “knowingly twisting my words around to suggest that I don’t value small businesses.”
So to make things clear in light of his “you didn’t build that,” remark earlier this month, Obama added, “I believe with all my heart that it is the drive and the ingenuity of Americans who start businesses that lead to their success. I always have, and I always will.”
For good measure, he adds a little later on, “I believe that the free market is the greatest source of prosperity in our history.”
But Obama doesn’t stop there. Instead, he goes on … speaking along the same lines as he did when he initially made his now notorious remark:
But I also believe that if you talk to any business owner, they’ll tell you that what also helps them succeed, alongside all their hard work, all their great ideas, is the ability to hire workers with the right skills and education. What helps them succeed is the ability to ship and sell their products on new roads and bridges and ports and wireless networks. What helps them succeed is access to cutting edge technology, which, like the internet, often starts with publicly-funded research and development. And what helps them succeed is a strong and growing middle class who can buy the products that they’re selling. Every business needs customers.