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Obama ad aims to set record straight over 'you didn't build that' remark

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The 30-second ad picks apart a recent Romney attack ad, which features the owner of a New Hampshire metal fabricating company who criticizes Obama's comments.

"My father’s hands didn’t build this company? My hands didn’t build this company? My son’s hands aren’t building this company? Did somebody else take out the loan on my father’s house to finance the equipment? Did somebody else make payroll every week or figure out where it’s coming from?" Jack Gilchrist says in the ad.

Romney has been targeting those comments since the president's July 13 speech in Roanoke, Va., where Obama spoke about roads and investments and was arguing government — with taxpayer dollars — built the roads and bridges that help companies do business.

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

The Obama campaign is pushing back, accusing Romney of taking the comments out of context. In another Web video released Tuesday, deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter disputes Romney's claims and asks voters to look at the president's remarks in full.

"Romney's been caught doing this before. Another attack ad was called 'a blatant fast one for manipulating video of the president,' " the new ad said. "See the whole tape and decide for yourself."