Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell 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 premium speaking slot, according to the Richmond Times Dispatch’s Virginia politics blog. McDonnell's speech is titled “We Built It,” referring to a remark made by President Barack Obama during a July event in Roanoke that has since become controversial on the campaign trail.
Obama was speaking about the role of government investment in infrastructure and businesses in July 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 ads and other attacks against the president, drew headlines and brought Obama under fire from Republicans across the country.
In his speech, Obama said: “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, chairman of the Republican convention platform committee, on the short list of presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s possible running mates. earlier this month for , a Wisconsin Republican and the chairman of the House Budget Committee.