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TAMPA -- Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul told delegates at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday that Barack Obama is "uniquely unqualified" to be president, citing a statement Obama made in July about the role of government and the success of businesses.
"When I heard the current president say, 'You didn't build that,' I was first insulted, then I was angered, then I was saddened that anyone in our country, much less the president of the United States, believes that roads create business success and not the other way around," Paul said. "Anyone who so fundamentally misunderstands American greatness is uniquely unqualified to lead this great nation."
The line in question, which Mitt Romney's presidential campaign seized on since Obama made the remarks last month, has become a prominent theme of the GOP convention. Obama was arguing that government spending on roads and education can help promote business and success, but Republicans have countered that Obama gave public investment projects more credit than they deserve.
Paul also used the opportunity to briefly criticize his own party for refusing to scrutinize military spending, fulfilling a promise he made at a rally for his father on Sunday.
"Republicans and Democrats alike must slay their sacred cows. Republicans must acknowledge that not every dollar spent on the military is necessary or well-spent, and Democrats must admit that domestic welfare and entitlements must be reformed."
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