Nikki Haley takes on Obama at meet

Updated on Aug 29, 2012 11:05 PM IST

It was a punch-president Barack Obama day at the Republican convention here on Tuesday, and Indian American governor Nikki Haley got a nice one in, from the left.

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Hindustan Times | By, Tampa Bay

It was a punch-president Barack Obama day at the Republican convention here on Tuesday, and Indian American governor Nikki Haley got a nice one in, from the left.

"My parents started a business out of the living room of our home and, 30-plus years later, it was a multimillion dollar company," said Haley, governor of South Carolina.

And, came the upper cut, "with all due respect, (President Obama) don't tell me that my parents didn't build their business." Just as scripted.

A quote taken out of context from an election speech by President Obama has become one of Romney campaign's leading rallying cries: "We built it."

Obama's original point was that those who have built successful businesses did so with without the infrastructure - such roads - created by the government.

But the portion from the speech that said they didn't do it on their own is being used by the Republicans to fire up their base, specially small businesses.

"We built it," said a large sign on a canvass fence around the convention floor.

Every governor, senator and member of the house of representative who spoke at the convention Tuesday hit that same one note.

And that because President Obama doesn't understand business.

"President Obama has never even run a lemonade stand - and it shows," said New Hampshire senator Kelly Ayotte, who was briefly considered in the running for Romney's vice presidential pick.

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