WAUKESHA — The GOP’s “We Did Build This” bus tour made a stop in Waukesha Sunday, July 29th. The bus tour is spearheaded by GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign. Republicans are pouncing on a statement made by President Barack Obama relating to jobs and the economy, while Democrats are defending that statement.
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson and Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus headlined Sunday afternoon’s rally in Waukesha, held at the GOP Victory Center on Pearl Street.
The bus tour “We Did Build This” is a play off of President Barack Obama’s statement two weeks ago, in reference to successful business people having help from mentors and tax-funded infrastructure like roads and bridges. Obama said: “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that.”
It’s a line Romney and his fellow Republicans, including Ryan whose name has swirled as a potential Romney running mate have seized upon. Democrats say Obama is being taken out of context, while Republicans say Obama is out of touch.
“Wisconsinites don’t like the direction Barack Obama is taking the country. They’re tired of the borrowing, the regulating, the high taxes, the deficits, the debt and the lack of leadership,” Ryan said.
“We’re just ordinary Americans trying to do what we can to try and fix this country,” Johnson said.
“We believe it was taken out of context. The president’s message is that he’s provided 18 different tax credits to build small business and he’s brought in business leaders to guide his administration,” Barca said.
Barca defends President Obama’s record on the economy, and says the bus tour is misguided.
“The polls suggest the president has a health lead, and they need to pull out all the stops. They are behind. They’re trying to play catch-up,” Barca said.
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