Republicans gathered in Tampa to anoint Mitt Romney their nominee wasted no time Tuesday in going on the attack over the sour economy, with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus mockingly saying that President Barack Obama has never run so much as a lemonade stand.
"Republicans believe America's greatness comes from the American people, not the federal government," Priebus said in his opening remarks. "But Barack Obama thinks the government is at the center of the economic universe."
"Well how would he know? President Obama has never run a company. He hasn't even run a garage sale or seen the inside of a lemonade stand," Priebus said, to laughter and applause from the thousands of delegates and alternates on the floor of the convention.
"So it is time, it is time for a president with real experience in the real economy. Mitt Romney will be that president," Priebus said.
Romney has made his experience at the head of private equity firm Bain Capital the centerpiece of his argument that he will do a better job of turning the economy around than Obama has done. Democrats led by Obama have instigated an all-out assault on Romney's business experience, painting him as a heartless corporate take-over artist who shipped jobs overseas or destroyed them outright while amassing vast personal wealth.