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Who Built It? Local Businesses Weigh In 21:04

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"We built it" was the rallying cry of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Born out of controversial comments made by President Obama in July about government's role in the success of businesses, the battle has worked its way into the race for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts.

Here's a web video created by Sen. Scott Brown's campaign, that shows his Democratic challenger, Elizabeth Warren, making a similar point:

The ad edits Warren's comments and takes them out of context. Here is what she said in full:

On Wednesday, Obama said he regrets the "syntax" of the comment, but didn't go back on the point he says he was trying to make.


Do you own a small business? What do you make of the political battle over how much government has — or hasn't — helped you? What's life really like on the ground, in your office, your factory?


  • Bill Vernon, state director of the National Federation of Independent Businesses
  • Andrew Graff, CEO of advertising agency Allen and Gerritsen
  • Allen Giles, president and co-founder of Turning Mill Energy, a renewable energy project developer based in Sandwich

This segment aired on September 6, 2012.

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