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McDonnell: Elect Romney to Restore American Dream

Virginia governor delivers prime time address Tuesday night.

The "American dream" is at stake in the November presidential election, said in a prime-time speech at the Republican National Convention Tuesday night.

"I don't have to tell any of you: this is a tough economy. We all have friends, family and neighbors who've lost their jobs and homes," McDonnell (R) said. "Worse, they've lost their hope. And their lost hope is why we need a big change this November. This election is about restoring the American dream."

Like many of the convention speeches Tuesday, McDonnell's address criticized a remark made by President Barack Obama (D) during a July campaign stop in Roanoke that Republicans say suggested business owners did not build their success on their own. 

"We need a president who will say to a small businesswoman: congratulations, we applaud your success, you did make that happen, you did build that in America," McDonnell said to the crowd in Tampa, Fla. "Small businesses don't come out of Washington, D.C. pre-made on flatbed trucks.”

Obama was speaking about the role of government investment in infrastructure and businesses when he said, "If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."

The statement, which some argue has been taken out of context in political advertisements and elsewhere, drew headlines and brought the president under fire from Republicans across the nation.

In his July 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."

In his address at the convention, McDonnell also criticized the Obama administration's fiscal policy and inability to lower the unemployment rate.

"Republican governors lead seven of the 10 states with the lowest unemployment rates, and 12 of the 15 states ranked best for business have republican governors," he said. "While the president talks, Republican governors lead. Talk is cheap. Results matter."

McDonnell said Mitt Romney, who officially became the Republican candidate for president Tuesday, had experience managing a business and creating jobs.

"Now, just think what we can do if we had a president who would support us, and not obstruct us," McDonnell said. "We need President Mitt Romney!"

Obama's camp is already responding to McDonnell's address.

"It's hard to take Governor McDonnell's attacks on the President's policies seriously when he admitted recently that those same policies of cutting taxes for the middle class and small businesses, investing in infrastructure, and supporting education have helped strengthen Virginia's economy," said Marianne von Nordeck, Virginia press secretary at Obama for America, in a release late Tuesday night. "Under President Obama's leadership, our nation has gone from the brink of a second Great Depression to 29 consecutive months of private sector job growth, including over 120,000 jobs created right here in Virginia. The fact is that President Obama has put the middle class first, while Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan would return to the same, failed, trickle-down economic policies that crashed our economy in the first place."

Do you think the "American dream" is at stake this election? Tell us in the comments. 

Locally Involved September 12, 2012 at 08:06 PM
@Mike - all elections are a choice between 2 evils :-D. The other weekend I watched CSPAN (I'm one of those...very few, hah) replay all the convention speeches I believe all the way back to Truman. What fascinated me is they're all about the same! You hear the same thread from either party depending upon the time. If you've got a hankering, you can still replay the vids at no charge. We may disagree on the path, but we all agree we'd rather this craziness than any other form of self-government. As long as we all agree we keep the bat s**t crazies OUT. OMG. They've been flying out of the rafters of late!
Carol Lewis September 12, 2012 at 09:54 PM
One would have to be on the voting rolls in multiple places and states to do that. Your one story may be true but given the millions and millions of votes cast, it is not worth the suppressive laws being imposed by Republican legislatures,and in some cases, only in communities that tend to vote Democratic. For African-Americans, who died to get the right to vote, this is simply profane. People voting all their lives suddenly have to prove who they are? And the expenses they incur to get the right documentation in order to get the right ID amount to a poll tax. See the story from the Patch poster about his elderly grandmother. A lot of elderly folks in nursing homes don't have birth certificates, or don't know how to get them, or can't get out to get them. It's insane.
V. Scheurich September 12, 2012 at 11:45 PM
The President has a "Spine of Steel". When will the Obama/Clinton/Biden "Apology Tour" start all over again? How much more of our money is Barack going to give Egypt ($1.5 Billion already). Biden: "General Motors is alive and Osama bin Laden is dead......and so is Ambassador Christopher Stevens"! 1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKCwQnIygcw 2. Apologies: http://weaselzippers.us/2012/09/12/allen-west-shreds-obama-over-libya-killings-says-his-appeasement-towards-the-islamic-world-has-manifested-itself-into-unconscionable-hatred/ 3. Rules of Engagement policy by Barack Obama on Muslims: Rubber bullets at our embassy in Tunisa. How would you like your son to have rubber bullets defending sovereign territory? http://weaselzippers.us/2012/09/12/breaking-tunisians-protesting-mohammed-movie-attempt-to-storm-u-s-embassy-police-fire-tea-gas-and-rubber-bullets-to-disperse-protesters/ 4. The apology tour: http://madisonproject.com/2012/09/obama-apologizes-to-islamists-on-september-11/
Locally Involved September 13, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Sigh...have you not yet figured out you've become irrelevant on this board? Anyone who cites 'weaselzippers.com' cannot be taken seriously. Would you prefer double strength tinfoil for your hat? Buh buh
Mike September 13, 2012 at 05:33 AM
He he. I am the exact same when people use mediamatters :)

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