Rick Santorum Might Have Misunderstood the ‘You Didn't Build That’ Lie

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On Thursday Rick Santorum resurfaced at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in D.C. and declared that former rival Mitt Romney mishandled President Obama's "you didn't build that" remark. Referring to the many business owners who spoke at the Republican National Convention, Santorum said, “One after another, they talked about the business they had built. But not a single — not a single — factory worker went out there.” He continued, “Not a single janitor, waitress or person who worked in that company! We didn’t care about them. You know what? They built that company too! And we should have had them on that stage.” Is it fair to say Romney might have won if he had done a better job of connecting with the average Joe? Sure. But Santorum's message sounds suspiciously close to Obama'a real point about the rich owing some of their success to the government and fellow citizens, and "That Thing Obama Said Was Sort of Right," doesn't work as a convention slogan.