The "We Built It" theme for next Tuesday's events at the Tampa convention is a variation on the comment Obama made last month in a speech on the relationship between government actions and private-sector success.
“If you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own," Obama said. "Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen."
Priebus also said the convention's second day will be be a reminder “that we are a nation made great not by Washington but by the men and women who summoned the inner drive, discipline and persistent effort to achieve their dreams within the free enterprise system.”
Republican organizers said the convention speakers next Tuesday will include Sher Valenzuela, a Republican small businessman running to be Delaware's lieutenant governor. The proceedings will also feature Jack Gilchrist, who runs a metal fabricating company in New Hampshire and has appeared in a Mitt Romney campaign ad denouncing Obama's remarks.