Mitt Romney on Thursday said he won’t apologize for the success of his family after President Obama remarked that he wasn’t "born with a silver spoon” in his mouth.
“I’m certainly not going to apologize for my dad and his success in life,” Romney said Thursday morning on "Fox and Friends." “He was born poor. He worked his way to become very successful despite the fact that he didn’t have a college degree, and one of the things he wanted to do was provide for me and for my brother and sisters. I’m not going to apologize for my dad’s success."
Romney said Obama is trying to divide Americans, a theme the candidate has been increasingly hammering on the campaign trail.
"I know the president likes to attack fellow Americans. He’s always looking for a scapegoat, particularly those that have been successful like my dad.”
Obama's comments came Wednesday during a speech before community college students and job seekers in Ohio.
“Somebody gave me an education,” Obama told the crowd at Lorain County Community College. “I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth. Michelle wasn’t. But somebody gave us a chance, just like these folks up here are looking for a chance.”
Romney’s father was a prominent Detroit auto executive and served as governor of Michigan.
Obama said Republicans "running for president" were espousing a "wrong" economic theory that would “shower the wealthiest Americans with even more tax cuts.”
Romney traveled to Ohio himself on Thursday, where he will do a series of local news appearances and give an economic address at a company that shut down its Lorain, Ohio, factory shortly after Obama campaigned there in 2008.