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. 

Carol Lewis September 12, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Cheryl Darby September 12, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Carol, while the Republican Party has changed, so has the Democratic Party. Republicans have become a party of hate and division. Democrats are stronger now than in years because we realize we can no longer sit on the sidelines. We need to meet these lies and liars headon, and we are doing so. Paraphrasing Lincoln, you can fool some of the people some of the time, all of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all the people all the time. The days of letting these people tell flat-out lies and letting them get away with it are over. As you clearly saw by Mr. Joy's farewell comments, they can't handle the truth!
Carol Lewis September 12, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Kathy, voter fraud is so minimal that trying to suppress is finding a solution in search of a problem. It is no accident that the suppression/obstruction laws are in Republican-led states and affect mostly Democratic voters. If Romney can't win honestly, he can win by denying many the right to vote.
Carol Lewis September 12, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Hillary Clinton's statement: "Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet," she said. "The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind."
Cheryl Darby September 12, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Mr. Joy, I know you're not following this thread but, to say Obama should be arrested for treason, is so ridiculous! After that, I now feel free to say you should be taken away by men in white suits and given intensive therapy. You really have let hatred take over your life. I feel sorry for you.
Locally Involved September 12, 2012 at 01:18 PM
@Kathy - the issue is any ID without an expiration date is not acceptable. I find it odd that the state is going through the expense of issuing new Voter ID cards to all current registrants with proof that would have been unacceptable under the new law. If find it odd that you can use the absentee ballot without any proof of ID under the new law (therefore, under the old laws). It seems fairly easy to go into mailboxes and steal absentee ballots and commit voter fraud. Without a substantive reason that there is widespread voter fraud (singular problems here and there does not constitute an issue). And, given the numerous statements from the GOP that this law gives them the edge in the upcoming election is more indicative of the true motive behind these laws. To make voting more difficult for the majority because of less than a minority of cases is not what we do here. My grandmother who was born here, but at home in 1917 (she's 95 and bright as a whip) always voted. Now in an assisted living community without any utility bills, no drivers license or social security card (hasn't needed one in 30 years) - she cannot vote. The Sisters at the Church-run facility is having to jump through hoops to help out their residents. This is just a waste of time. Hopefully, all will still be able to exercise their rights, but not without a lot of effort. That is a sin.
Carol Lewis September 12, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Locally Involved, a Pennsylvania lawmaker said openly that the state legislature had enacted voter ID laws that would ensure that Romney won! i totally agree with you that this is a sin. It is not what we are as a people and as a democracy. How do we encourage people world-wide to vote when we crack down on our own?
Carol Lewis September 12, 2012 at 01:49 PM
I agree, Cheryl. I'm proud to be a Democrat, proud of my party, and proud of our (that's "Our") President!
Mike September 12, 2012 at 02:13 PM
"Republicans have become a party of hate and division" Cheryl, I invite you to google some of the left's filthy remarks directed towards Condoleezza Rice when she gave her fantastic speech at the RNC. You reaffirm that the loudest voices for tolerance are usually the most intolerant. You are right about the Dems having changed as well. The fringe has become the mainstream. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6b1VOAATNk
Kathy Keith September 12, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Carol, Here is another government website indicating that a military ID IS acceptable. If the poll would not accept your husband's military ID, you should protest it with the election board. It says NOTHING about an expiration date. http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/elections/a1voteridentificationchart2012.pdf As far as voter fraud, it is a problem. The main problem is that , like any type of fraud, it is hard to uncover because it is commited with a plan and deceit. The fact that a woman who is educated and politically minded as the nominee for Congress in Maryland, would commit it, indicates how easy it is to commit fraud. The Minnesota situation with the Franken vote is another example. We will never know the true results--and don't forget the votes that were found after the election in the trunk of an election official that he/she forgot about. Also, the situation in KS where 30 Somalians were aided by one official to vote--against the local laws. There are also examples in Texas and many,many others. Any fraudulent vote, negates someone else's legal vote--Republican or Democrat.
Nate McKenzie September 12, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Mike - how would the voter id laws have affected this?
Locally Involved September 12, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Oh, Nate, let's not be silly. Mike's post has nothing do with voter ID laws. He just needs to find his boogie men. Though they want less gov't, this fraction has no problem with MORE gov't regulation. Oh, but only regulation on personal rights and liberties. Corporations and wealthy folk, should never be restrained. I think they actually believe feudalism to be a good thing. Anyway, don't engage them. It only encourages them. You'll not get any rational dialog. We're chipping in for tinfoil hat for him and his ilk. Do you think we should go double strength on the foil?
Cheryl Darby September 12, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Romney and his followers will never admit they have ever said or done anything even slightly wrong. No, the tea partiers have done a great job appealing to the worst in their followers, and Romney does the same thing. They spout the rhetoric that Democrats are evil, Obama is evil, and they have a corner on God and patriotism. I just don't understand them or their outright hatred of anyone who dares disagree with them. If Romney wins this election, it will be because people of conscience didn't stand up and repudiate his warped view of what being an American really means.
Locally Involved September 12, 2012 at 05:44 PM
@Cheryl - he's reminding me of Bush 43 all over again - speaks without regard to the end game. They released their first statement 6 hours before anyone knew what had actually occurred. The prudent thing would have been coordinate statements with the White House so that the 'voice' of America would be consistent, but still allow Romney to appear 'presidential'. He did not. Friends in Foggy Bottom and the Services are aghast at the GOP campaign would behave in such a way. If they were on the fence, they aren't now. They fear for themselves and friends overseas right now. Romney could have also denounced that fanatical church down in FL. But now, he put his interests first before country. Our fellow Americans aren't blue or red, they're American first. And, the chatter right now is that Romney will not put country first. I fear for my friends overseas.
Don Joy September 12, 2012 at 06:15 PM
THIS WAS THE FIRST STATEMENT FROM THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION: "The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others."
Locally Involved September 12, 2012 at 06:18 PM
I know, Mike! LOL it makes no sense. Listening to the far right whine about gov't regulation (leave business alone, regulation is strangling business, smaller gov't...etc). YET have no problem regulating women's health choices and voting rights. That's what I don't get. I'm all up for smaller gov't and less regulation. But having spent 15 years of my life in banking - oh, yeah, double down on those regs. I lived in the sausage factory and screwing the consumer is the goal. Why? Because we can. That whole SEC porn things was pathetic. Basic management and IT security should never ever have left that happen. What is it with you guys you can't live without the porn? (LOL!! JUST KIDDING and picking on the guys!). Efficiency seems elusive in business and gov't and a major ticking point with me. But to cut Obama a break - he's had some other issues going on that have required focused resources. PS: As a marketer - that hopey changey thing works. Of course, there is a % of the pop where fear messaging is better like the old "Do you understand the high cost of dying" insurance messaging use to be. But have found after 30 years, aspirational messaging is far more effective. That's why people buy their brand labels, big houses, and other crap. People buy hope. Well, at least 67% of them do!
Don Joy September 12, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Mike September 12, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Cheryl...where are you getting this "evil" statement from? I watch both conventions and do not recall anyone calling Obama "evil." Now "greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people"...that WAS there. I just do not recall "evil" being used. Or is it mere fact because you say it is so? Is it, "I Cheryl Darby say this, therefore it is FACT!" ...just do not recall "evil" being used.
Locally Involved September 12, 2012 at 06:42 PM
@Mike - it is how the Obama admin has been portrayed. No I don't remember the actual word 'evil' in either convention. What I do remember going back to the 2008 campaign were evil words (not the word itself), cruel, unkind, untrue, even heinous visuals and words used by the tea party - right there in Lafayette Square. What appalled me and others was that few to none of the GOP leadership stood strong against this fraction demonizing the obama campaign. Being competitive (understated according to friends), I get thew winning. But never at the depths of the tp'rs. Most important to me, No one said anything (except for that one truly remarkable moment when McCain told crazy white hair lady "no, he is not a muslim". So, to Cheryl's point, it was the demonizaton of Obama that evil is portrayed. Y'know, attack the other party on policy - but no on who has 'real families" or who "really gets America" as opposed to this mythic Manchurian politician that has been perpetrated. Hey, if it works for Don Joy, the medical leg brace moniker guy, great. But it does not play well with middle America - of either party. And, quite frankly, has turned many center right folk into the center left.
Locally Involved September 12, 2012 at 06:53 PM
@Mike - first, love the dialog with you, but let's keep the name calling "tax cheater' out of discussion. Feel free to disagree with any administration's policies, but not the name calling. That's what's giving the conservative right a bad name, it's reflecting poorly upon otherwise rational folk. Did you ever wonder, too, that the only reason Madoff was prosecuted was because he robbed the ultra rich? LOl - I say it half jokingly. Part of me u/stands the Geittner appt (and just play with me to u/stand the other side) in that Geittner knew the tricks, had the relationships with the financial community and those skills were necessary to try to repair the banking industry. We could not (referencing my industry background) let faith in the banking industry fail because they (gov't de-reg, on both sides) let it grow so dang big. Keeping faith in the American financial system has global repercutions (sp?). Even now, all foreign countries are investing in US bonds simply because they are still the safest in the world, despite the downgrade. That is how bad it is right now. I wil remain patient, one step at a time. The best thing I can counsel as I do to everyone, is vote with your wallet. Do not continue to do business with firms whose practices you disagree with. ie: if you've got a BoA account, get your money out. Go USAA if you can. Hurt business where it counts, in their sales numbers.
Locally Involved September 12, 2012 at 06:58 PM
@Mike, as for the teacher's union thing, it's a local problem, not a national thing what's happening in Chicago. I half agree with the teacher's unions as far as pay is concerned but whole heartedly disagree on other aspects. These standardized tests are crap and ridiculous to hold teacher's to for so many reasons. But we still need to develop key performance indicators that are practical for teachers. We do need to adjust pay and tie it to performance in some way. And, we surely need to get rid of this tenure crap. Unions that do not allow dismissal of poor performers is a huge problem. Don't like that right to work policy either. Tired of those of us in the private sector losing our jobs because of inept and incompetent senior management. WE can get fired for any reason at any time totally unrelated to performance. There needs to be something done about that. What, I have no answers for now.
Mike September 12, 2012 at 07:08 PM
locally-It's on both sides. This never fails to crack me up. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6b1VOAATNk The looney tunes are on both sides. I personally was jazzed about the tea party movement in its inception, I thought Santelli's call for it was fantastic. http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=1039849853 and grew more supportive as a result of the blatant bias associated with it. Aired portion: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2baxw_YScxc Not aired portion: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zNbWtl4wgM But when the tea party movement became more involved with Koch fueled backing, and we got John Boehner (eww, but not as revolting as Pelosi) I became less impressed. While a Paul supporter at heart (not everything, like foreign policy seems wanting) I just don't see anything that Obama has to offer. While not 100% jazzed about the GOP offering, I do like Paul Ryan's fiscal ethos. Sadly, both parties have magnificently come together to make things next to impossible for another Perot or Nader as an option. It's amazing, they claim "polarization" and "division" yet come together to hold hands in joy to maintain their dual party system we are bounded to.
Locally Involved September 12, 2012 at 07:21 PM
@Mike - welcome to being a Libertarian! But I suspect you already knew that. Funny how different the takes on the same situations (as you may have already suspected, I'm unapologetically liberal, much to my father's great dismay). Again, referencing my industry background. when I heard Santilli's 'cry' I wanted to smack the daylight out of him (and I am sooooo cleaning up my language here, you're welcome Patch editor!). I find it negligent and abhorrent that Santilli, living and breathing the financial industry was so outraged. He was one of the many whoremongers in the 'temple' pimping crap. They KNEW the CDO's and CDS' were crap. THEY KNEW but for the right buck, they didn't care. So his outrage was hollow. Stopped watching CNBC from then on, heck if I knew, they had to know. If they didn't know, they're fools and stupid. If they did know, they're worse. However, I do believe the GOP is in the (using a term from business) throws of 'creative destruction'. From that will either emerge a different GOP or a third party. Though I do think the Libertarian party and Social Conservative parties are most definitely there, just not much in numbers. Do I think those numbers will grow? Not likely, solely based on my experience in consumer behavior. However, that does not say the Libertarian or other parties become irrelevant, they have an influence. Which is just as important.
Cheryl Darby September 12, 2012 at 07:36 PM
I did not say anyone used the word "evil" at any convention. I'm referring to posters on here and elsewhere who have characterized Obama as such.
Mike September 12, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Cool, thanks for clarifying.
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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