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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.  earlier this month for .

Pre-Republican National Convention events begin this weekend in Tampa, Fla. and the convention itself will conclude Wednesday.

R. August 26, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Squeaky clean McDonnell has really become the Repub. golden boy....but they are no strangers to stupid!
George Smith August 27, 2012 at 03:31 PM
He should stay in Florida. The women of Virginia don't want him back.
Greg Brandon August 29, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Let's recall that McDonnell supported the invasive ultrasound bill. Only after a petition with more than 33,000 names opposing it was delivered to him did he back off. As noted in ThinkProgress, "Despite [Gov. McDonnell's] opposition to “invasive” TSA pat-downs, [he] still agreed with requiring women to undergo an additional medical prodecure because they 'have a right to know' all available medical information before making a decision." (http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/04/23/469067/virginia-governor-downplays-mandatory-ultrasound/). Furthermore, according to the American College Of Obstetricians And Gynecologists, "ultrasonography in pregnancy should be performed only when there is a valid medical indication." (http://www.forbes.com/sites/rickungar/2012/03/08/virginias-pre-abortion-ultrasound-law-medically-unsound-violates-guidelines-of-american-college-of-obstetricians-and-gynecologists/)

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