Will Obama Tackle the 'Build It' Controversy?

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As Charlotte, N.C., ramps up for the Democratic National Convention 2012 kickoff, some are primarily anticipating President Obama's words on the government and business.

After the commander in chief's speech in which he said that government is crucial to the success of business, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and speakers at last week's Republican National Convention refuted his statement and turned the dismissal of Obama's assertions into a bit of a rallying cry. Now many are waiting to see if Obama will approach controversy head on during this week's DNC, reports the Washington Post.

On Sunday, senior Obama advisers suggested that they will not address the anti-business allegations directly but will instead try to turn the tables on their GOP rivals by accusing them of being dishonest about what Obama meant. David Plouffe, a senior White House adviser, said in an interview Sunday on ABC News that Republican Mitt Romney's campaign is engaged in a broader pattern of dishonesty and is "built on a tripod of lies." Plouffe cited accusations that Obama has gutted the work requirement for welfare and "raided" Medicare to pay for the nation's new health-care law as other examples of untruths coming from the GOP.

The Obama team thinks that it has effectively dealt with the "build that" attacks and that the issue is overblown — the "drill, baby, drill" of 2012, a rallying cry for the right but ultimately one with limited appeal in the broader electorate.


Read more at the Washington Post.

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