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President Obama vs. Mitt Romney: Highs and lows of the 2012 campaign

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 23 2012 6:33 a.m. MDT

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Associated Press
In July 2012, while speaking to a crowd in Roanoke, Va., President Obama uttered four words that became a rallying cry for Republicans: "You didn't build that."

"There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me—because they want to give something back," Obama said in his remarks. "They know they didn’t—look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something—there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.

"If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody 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."

Obama later said he regretted his syntax, but not the point he was making, ABC News reported.

>> In this July 13, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign stop in Roanoke, Va.

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