McDonnell to Address Republican National Convention
Virginia governor has prime speaking slot Tuesday evening.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) will give a speech on small businesses and the economy Tuesday during the Republican National Convention.
McDonnell’s keynote address will air after 8 p.m. Tuesday, a primetime speaking slot, according to The Richmond Times-Dispatch's Virginia politics blog. McDonnell's speech is titled "We Built It," which refers to a remark President Barack Obama (D) made during a July event in Roanoke that has since become controversial on the campaign trail.
The comment came when Obama was speaking about the role of government investment in roads and bridges when he said, "If you've got a business, you didn’t build that," Obama said in July. "Somebody else made that happen."
The statement, which some argue has been taken out of context, brought the president under fire from Republicans across the nation.
In his speech, Obama continued: "The Internet didn't get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet, so then all the companies could make money off the Internet. The point is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together."
Many considered McDonnell, who has been chairing the GOP Convention’s platform committee, possible choice for Mitt Romney's running mate. He was passed over earlier this month for Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan.
Pre-Republican National Convention events begin this weekend in Tampa, Fla. and the convention itself will conclude Wednesday.