Jon Stewart on Romney's Blind Trust

Kragar7/17/2012 1:21:22 pm PDT

Romney: Obama Is ‘Attacking Success’ And ‘Dividing America’

An energized Mitt Romney delivered one of his feistiest speeches of the campaign in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, accusing President Obama of “attacking success.”

“Our economy is driven by free people pursuing their ideas and their dreams,” Romney said. “It is not driven by government and what the president is doing is crushing economic freedom.”

Romney made heavy use of an out-of-context quote, however, to make his point. His campaign and Republican surrogates cherry-picked a sentence from a Friday speech in which Obama praised public investments in roads, bridges and other infrastructure, saying, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that.”

The “that” in question referred to government-led projects like the Internet or the highway system that businesses benefit from, but Romney suggested Obama was telling business leaders they didn’t deserve credit for their own companies.