‘You didn’t build that’ remarks won’t change Obama’s strategy on the stump
The Obama campaign has no plans to change the president’s style on the stump in the wake of his “you didn’t build that” remark, which Republicans have seized upon in recent days to argue the president is out of touch on the economy.
Obama made the impromptu remark during a Virginia campaign address earlier this month when he was speaking without a teleprompter, referring occasionally to a binder of notes on his podium. The Hill reported last week that Obama would rely on the teleprompter less so that he could be more spontaneous and interact with his supporters at campaign appearances instead of reading from two glass panes.
The “you didn’t build that” comment has become a rallying cry of sorts for the Romney campaign, and has been enough of a worry for Obama that his campaign released an ad in which the president directly addresses the controversy. The Democratic National Committee also circulated a memo responding to the GOP arguments, a sign the party is taking the issue seriously.