BY WESLEY P. HESTER
GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign has released a Richmond-focused web video highlighting President Barack Obama’s “you didn’t build this” comments in Roanoke weeks ago.
The video features Melissa Ball, owner of Ball Office Products in Richmond, expressing her disappointment with the remarks and the president’s policies.
Ball has become a go-to local businesswoman for the GOP, having helped Gov. Bob McDonnell, and now Romney, on a variety of occasions. Just last week, Ball hosted an event at her business where McDonnell, acting as a surrogate for Romney, criticized the president’s remarks.
Democrats claim the president’s comments in Roanoke have been taken out of context to use against him. They are printed below in the context of the speech so you can decide for yourself:
“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. 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. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.”