BY WESLEY P. HESTER
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign is out with a new TV ad in Virginia seizing on the President Barack Obama’s remarks at an event last week in Roanoke.
Titled “These Hands,” the 30-second ad continues Romney’s attack on the president’s July 13 comments, which Romney claims trivializes the role of the private sector.
The ad leads with the clip of Obama saying, “If you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own,” and then, “if you’ve got a business – you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”
Jack Gilchrist, the owner of a metal fabricating company in New Hampshire, then takes over, sharply criticizing the remarks.
“My father’s hands didn’t build this company? My hands didn’t build this company? Through hard work and a little bit of luck, we built this business. Why are you demonizing us for it?” Gilchrist asks.
“It’s time we had somebody who believes in us, someone who believes that achievement should be rewarded, not punished. We need somebody who believes in America,” Gilchrist says.