Romney: Gingrich Taking Credit for Job Creation Is Like Al Gore Taking Credit for the Internet

By Melanie Arter | January 18, 2012 | 1:17 PM EST

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaigns at the Florence Civic Center in Florence, S.C., Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

( – GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney told a crowd of supporters in Spartansburg, S.C., on Wednesday that his opponent Newt Gingrich taking credit for creating jobs during his time in Congress is like former Vice President Al Gore taking credit for inventing the Internet.

Romney, speaking at Wofford College, said government does not create jobs - the private sector does.

Romney said one of the things he was proud about in the Republican Party was that the GOP stands up for freedom and free enterprise. “I was disappointed over the last couple of weeks to see one of my opponents attacking free enterprise just like the president was. That’s not the role of the Republican Party. That makes us sad,” he said.

“Actually, the speaker the other day at the debate was talking about how he’d created millions of jobs when he was working with the Reagan administration. Why, he’d been in Congress two years when Ronald Reagan came to office. That’d be like saying 435 congressmen were all responsible for those jobs,” Romney said.

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“Government doesn’t create jobs. It’s the private sector that creates jobs. Congressmen taking responsibility or taking credit for helping create jobs is like Al Gore taking credit for the Internet,” he added.

“Look, you are the guys that create the jobs in America that put Americans to work, not congressmen, not even presidents, and this president’s got it entirely wrong when he attacks the private sector,” former Massachusetts governor said.

“Don’t attack the private sector. Don’t attack risk-takers. Don’t attack those that are trying to create a brighter future for themselves and their families. Don’t attack profit. Profit, by the way, is what allows businesses to hire people and grow. Free enterprise is under attack from the right and from the left. We’ve got to stop it and stand up for American freedom everywhere we see it,” Romney said.