"My concern is that President Obama is making it very difficult for small businesses to get started, to create jobs and to survive," Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire said.
When she talks with small-business owners, they want to focus on business but say the Obama administration "wants to bury them with rules, regulations and red tape," she said.
Obama's policies, she said, punish expanding and creating jobs.
"I call it a 'success tax,'" Ayotte said.
Building on her theme of small-business success, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said, "We can -- and we will -- overcome any economic challenge if government lets go of the regulatory choke-hold zapping the air out of the economy and deflating the spirits of our entrepreneurs."
America needs a president who will applaud those pursuing their dreams and making America stronger in the process, she said.
"That man is Mitt Romney," she said.
"While the president talks, Republican governors lead," Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said. "Talk is cheap. Results matter. Conservative fiscal policies are working, and so are more Americans in states with Republican governors."