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Boehner To Help Carry GOP’s ‘We Built It’ Attack Theme

House Speaker John Boehner is coached on his opening of the 2012 Republican National Convention.(Chet Susslin)

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August 28, 2012

House Speaker John Boehner says his message to the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night will be “pretty simple.” It will certainly be familiar.

“With millions of Americans asking, ‘where are the jobs’,” says Boehner in a video preview, the Ohio Republican will argue the country can do better than a president who thinks business owners “didn’t build that.”

That’s a reference to a remark by President Obama that Republicans, including Mitt Romney, have since snatched up to argue the president does not believe entrepreneurs should take credit for their business success. The GOP has made “We Built It” a campaign theme this week.

 

Democrats have said it is clear Obama was not denying businesses credit but instead said government-provided services, such as infrastructure, helped them achieve their success. 

To counter the Republican attacks, which will be repeated on Tuesday night by Boehner and others, the Democratic National Committee released a video entitled: “Mitt Romney: You Didn’t Build That. You Destroyed It.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7zhwVYzJBg That video tries to paint Romney as a corporate raider -- someone who made millions of dollars bankrupting companies, shuttering factories, offshoring jobs, and putting profits before people.

Boehner said he also will talk about how Romney and his vice presidential running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., have “a real plan to fix the economy.”

The House’s top Republican is expected to speak about at  7 p.m. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., does not have a scheduled speaking appearance at the convention.

 

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