McMorris Rodgers spoke on Tuesday’s theme, “We Built it,” meant to challenge President Obama's "you didn't build that" comment earlier in the campaign cycle in support of government-funded projects and subsidies.
Republicans have increasingly used Obama's remark to frame the 2012 election. In July, Obama told an audience, "If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."
Love, who would be the first Republican African-American women elected to Congress, also hit hard on the evening’s theme.
“From a woman on the bus to a man with a dream ... this is our story,” said Love, the mayor of Saratoga Springs who’s running in Utah’s 4th district. “This is our America, this is the story we know because we built it.
“Mr. President, I’m here to tell you that the American people are awake and we’re not buying what you’re selling in 2012.”
McMorris Rodgers introduced Ayotte, who talked about her and her husband’s small business of gardening and snow plowing.
“I addition to being a United States Senator, I’m also pretty good with a snowplow,” Ayotte said. “We’re no different than many families who dream to start their own business ... President Obama has never even run a lemonade stand and it shows.”