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Obama pushes back on 'You Didn't Build That' flap

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President Obama speaking at the ioaw town hall about small businesss. President Obama speaking at the ioaw town hall about small businesss.

NEW YORK (AP, TOLEDO NEWS NOW) - President Barack Obama's re-election campaign has released a new television ad and web page pushing back at Republican Mitt Romney's effort to use some of Obama's words against him.

Romney has taken Obama to task for saying "you didn't build that" in a campaign speech about how government helps small businesses thrive. Romney's campaign is running ads that suggest Obama doesn't think entrepreneurs build their own businesses.

Read about a "We Build This" event happening in Holland, Ohio that supports Romney.

The new Obama ad features the president speaking directly to the camera. He says the Romney ads take his words out of context and, the president says, are "flat out wrong."

Obama says he was referring to public programs like education and infrastructure that helped businesses be successful. View a portion of the speech including the quote used by Romney.

At the town hall in Iowa, Obama said, "Someone 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."

The ads are running in several general-election battleground states including Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Iowa and Nevada.

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