The vetting of campaign ad stars continues: Jack Gilchrist, the New Hampshire businessman disgruntled with President Obama's "you didn't build that" line and the star of Mitt Romney's "These Hands" ad, has reportedly received some government help for his business through the years. The ad features Gilchrist of Gilchrist Metal Fabricating, saying, "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?... President Obama, you're killing us out here. Through hard work and a little bit of luck, we built this business. Why are you demonizing us for it?"
John DiStaso of New Hampshire's Union Leader reports that Gilchrist received tax-exempt revenue bonds to set up another plant, and he's been awarded government contracts over the years. Gilchrist, for his part, doesn't think this undermines his point: "I'm not going to turn a blind eye because the money came from the government," he tells DiStaso. But the argument Romney's critics seem to be making is that Gilchrist is actually an example of the point Obama tried to make during his poorly phrased (and poorly represented) "You didn't build that" speech: That business leaders benefit from government.
This all comes a few weeks after a reporter discovered that a man featured in a pro-Obama ad who lost his job to Bain is actually not a super big fan of the President. ("Paintywaist" was his most colorful epithet for Obama.) It's a pretty easy way to score points on an opponent by pointing out inconsistencies by the stars of their campaign ads, but nuance and balanced representation aren't exactly the halmarks of a campaign spot.
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