Romney: 'I Don't Give the Bus Driver the Credit' for Kid Making Honor Roll

By Melanie Arter | August 14, 2012 | 10:46 PM EDT

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, eats ice cream with Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012 at Tom's ice cream in Zanesville, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

( - GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, appearing at a rally in Zanesville, Ohio, on Tuesday, compared President Barack Obama giving credit to the government for the success of businesses with giving the bus driver credit when a child makes the honor roll.

"If a kid makes the honor roll. I know that that kid could only make the honor roll by getting on the bus and going to school, but if they make the honor roll, I say congratulations to the kid. I don't give the bus driver the credit," Romney said.

"Then there's the other day in Virginia--he (the president) said, 'You know, if you have a business, you didn't build that. Someone else did that,' My goodness! Oh, and then he says he was taken out of context, you know. So take a look at the context. It's worse than the quote, alright--because he says, 'Look, if you think you're successful because you worked hard, a lot of people worked hard. If you think you're successful because you're smart, a lot of people are smart.'

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"I couldn't figure out where he was going with this. We celebrate people who work hard and try and do their best in school and get promotions," Romney said.

"And so if you have a business, you built it. If you got a promotion, you earned it. If you made the honor roll, you achieved it. In this country, we are driven by free people pursuing their dreams. We celebrate  success. We do not attack success. I will never apologize for success here or success of America abroad," the former Massachusetts governor said.

During a speech in Virginia on July 13, Obama said, "Look, if you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own. You didn't get there on your own. I'm always struck by people who think, 'Well, it must be because I was just so smart.' There are a lot of smart people out there. 'It must be because I worked harder than everybody else.' Let me tell you something: There are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there. If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help.

"If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen," the president said.