The GOP is turning what some see as a presidential slight aimed at business owners and entrepreneurs into a theme for a night of the Republican National Convention next week, titling Tuesday night’s session “We Built This!”
An RNC official tells FOX News Tuesday’s schedule also includes a speech by Sher Valenzeula, a Latina candidate for Lieutenant Governor in Delaware. Her campaign website notes she and her husband started an upholstery business that makes padding for baseball umpires and military vests worn by members of the Israeli military.
The theme and list of speakers are meant to directly contrast comments President Obama made in Roanoke, Virginia last month. Describing what he noted as the federal government’s role in helping the private sector, the president pointed to infrastructure and education.
“Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive,” the president said of business owners. “Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”
Opponents have seized on the “you didn’t build that” line in television ads, web videos, stump speeches and interviews, while the Obama campaign says the president meant business owners didn’t build roads and schools.
Despite that claim, the Romney camp has continued to bash the remarks as indicative of a president who is out of touch with job creators. Romney’s surrogates will double down on the attack next Tuesday in Tampa.
FOX News' Carl Cameron contributed to this report.