In the candidate's absence, the Romney campaign made an intensive push around the theme of "We Did Build This." It's a reference to President Obama's now famous remark that "if you have a business, you didn't build that," which in context referred to roads, bridges and other infrastructure that businesses need to thrive, but which Romney is casting as proof of Obama's distaste for free enterprise.
The day Romney left for London, July 25, his campaign scheduled 24 "We Did Build This" events in a dozen swing states. Then came a second round of 18 events in 12 states on Monday, amid a furor over Romney's remark that differences in Israeli and Palestinian "culture" accounted for the gulf between their economies.
I spot-checked the July 31 front pages of newspapers in the 12 states that hosted Romney campaign events on Monday (thank you, Newseum) so you don't have to. Not every paper sends its front page everyday, but here's a rough idea of how "We Did Build This" fared:
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