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Newt Gingrich kicks off second day of 'Newt U' with a jab at President Obama

August 28, 2012
  • Newt Gingrich kicks off second day of "Newt U" with a jab at President Obama.
Newt Gingrich kicks off second day of "Newt U"… (Dan Evans / Times…)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Newt Gingrich wasted no time taking a jab at President Obama Tuesday morning, accusing him of belittling the American entrepreneurial spirit with the now infamous "you didn't built it" speech.
 
Day Two of the Republican National Convention has the theme of "We Built It." The daily symposium lead by the former House Speaker and dubbed "Newt U," followed the theme, showcasing conservative business owners who spoke about the importance of the independent spirit, unencumbered by what they feel is unnecessary laws and regulation.
 
One of them was Dr. Greggory DeVore, a La Cañada physician and GOP delegate.
 
"We Built It" is a reference to a speech Obama made at a Virginia campaign stop in July. Republicans have hammered  the speech, particularly this section:
 
"They know they didn't -- look, if you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own. You didn't get there on your own. I'm always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart.
 
"There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something -- there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.
 
"If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. 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. The Internet didn't get invented on its own."
A clip of the president delivering those lines was shown to a group of roughly 100 attendees - with another 1,600 watching online - of a "Newt U" session at the St. Petersburg Marriott.

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