The Obama campaign and Democratic National Committee on Wednesday will try to turn the tables on Mitt Romney's attacks that claim the president has a "foreign," pro-government philosophy on small business.
The DNC communications director, Brad Woodhouse, emailed late Tuesday that the organization would join Organizing for America with on-the-ground events in states, along with a national press conference call featuring small business owners to spotlight Romney's small business policies. The goal, wrote Woodhouse, is "to turn the page tomorrow on Mitt Romney's trumped up, out of context fact-checked-to-death BS about the president and small business" -- the infamous "you didn't build that" line.
"Mitt Romney's going to have to have more than manipulating video and taking quotes out of context to make up for his failed record on jobs and economic and small business development as governor of Massachusetts and the policies he's advocating for now that would roll back the investments and support small businesses and communities have always counted on to succeed," said Woodhouse.
The email, which Woodhouse sent to other reporters, hits the familiar points: Romney's record at job creation as governor, his support for Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan, and his opposition to the bailout of the automotive industry. It also highlights some of the obscure fees that Romney imposed in the Bay State.
"If Mitt Romney thinks that communities and small businesses can succeed strictly on their own - he needs to acquaint himself with the real world where businesses depend on an educated workforce, [research and development], and solid infrastructure -- everything from broadband to road, bridges and rail," the email read.
The timing is interesting as well. Earlier in the day, the Obama campaign put out a new television ad in which the president directly addressed Romney's attacks, calling them ripped from context. That ad was treated as a sign of panic from Chicago (why else pay for a television spot in multiple battleground states?). Perhaps, however, it was more of a pivot, designed to restart the debate over which candidate has a better policy platform for small businesses.
"There is only one candidate in this race who should apologize for his record, positions and attitude towards small business," the Woodhouse email concluded, "and that's Mitt Romney."