Republican National Convention will be themed "We Built This!" However, the stadium was financed primarily with public funds.
GOP Announces Convention Theme â€śWe Built Thisâ€ť In Stadium Built With 62% Government Funds
Apparently rejecting a more controversial â€śYou Didnâ€™t Really Get Raped, Pregnant Ladyâ€ť theme for its 2012 convention, the GOP has announced that its Tuesday night session will be themed â€śWe Built This!â€ť The sentiment serves as both a celebration of American entrepreneurship and an attack on President Obamaâ€™s previous comments to business owners. President Obama received criticism over his remark, â€śSomebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you [business owners] to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If youâ€™ve got a business â€” you didnâ€™t build that. Somebody else made that happen.â€ť
However, the stadium where the GOP will be announcing â€śWe Built This!â€ť was financed primarily by the government. The Tampa Bay Times Forum arena, which houses the Tampa Bay Lightning, was built in 1996 as the â€śIce Palaceâ€ť with 62% government funds. The total budget for the project was $139 million, of which public money accounted for $86 million and team money accounted for $53 million.