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Excerpts from McDonnell speech tonight at Republican convention

Republicans have released a few excerpts from the speech Gov. Bob McDonnell is scheduled to give to the Republican National Convention tonight in Tampa.

From the excerpts, it looks like McDonnell will focus on jobs and the economy, and reiterate criticism of President Barack Obama’s “you didn’t build that” line during a speech in Roanoke. Obama was referring to business-starters having had help — from encouraging teachers to government roads and infrastructure. Republicans have taken it as an affront to individual entrepreneurship.

Here are the McDonnell excerpts as released this afternoon; the speech is scheduled for sometime tonight after 8 p.m.


“The times call for new leadership to get this great nation out of debt and back to work.

The choice is clear: the status quo of the entitlement society, or dynamic change to an opportunity society.

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!

Big government didn’t build America: You built America!

Small businesses don’t come out of Washington D.C. pre-made on flat bed trucks.

That coffee shop in Henrico; that florist in Virginia Beach….that bakery in Radford…they were all built by entrepreneurial Americans with big dreams….not a big spending government with a wide open wallet full of other people’s money!”


“Conservative fiscal policies are working, and so are more Americans in states with Republican governors.

Now, just think what we can do if we had a President who would support us, not obstruct us.

Someone who has created jobs in the private sector, who understands the economy, and who has actually balanced a budget….or heck, for that matter, who has actually passed a budget!

We need President Mitt Romney!

When Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan get to work with Susana Martinez…Scott Walker…John Kasich ….Terry Branstad and governors from both parties across this country, we will get people back to work!”


Also, the Romney campaign’s local branch is hosting a “We Built It” convention-watch party tonight at 6 at its local headquarters, 1311 Central Park Boulevard in Fredericksburg.