Romney Supporter To Obama: 'Learn How To Be An American'
Sununu, considered one of Romney's top surrogates, lashed out at the president over his recent comments regarding small business owners. Obama made headlines last week when he told supporters in Virginia, "If you've got a business you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen….The point is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together."
From the LA Times:
"These are the people who are the backbone of our economy and the president clearly demonstrated that he has absolutely no idea how the American economy functions," Sununu said. "The men and women all over America who have worked hard to build these businesses -- their businesses, from the ground up -- is how our economy became the envy of the world."
He added: "It is the American way, and I wish this president would learn how to be an American."
Asked later if he could clarify that remark, Sununu didn't exactly step back, saying that Obama "has to learn the American formula for creating business."
The former New Hampshire governor's charges follow suit with Romney's recent criticism of Obama's statements: "To say something like that is not just foolishness, it's insulting to every entrepreneur, every innovated in America," said Romney.
Sununu later clarified his comments and said, "The American formula for creating business is not to have government create business. The American formula for creating business, that I wish he would get comfortable with, is to create a climate in which entrepreneurs can thrive. If I didn't give all of that detail I apologize."
Yet Sununu remained steadfast on other critical comments made in the conference call, which included four small business owners at odds with the president's remarks. Sununu called the Obama campaign "a bunch of liars" and depicted the president as a corrupt politician whose political decisions are influenced by "that murky political world in Chicago where politician and felon has become synonymous."
In response to Sununu's comments, the Obama campaign lashed out, claiming the Romney campaign has gone "off the deep end" in an attempt to create controversy. The AFP reported Obama's campaign believes Sununu's comments hope to mask the heated tax return debate following the Republican camp.
"This meltdown and over-the-top rhetoric won't make things better. It only calls attention to how desperate they are to change the conversation," said Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith.
Obama continues to focus his campaign on Romney's time at Bain Capital, as well as criticizing the GOP candidate for releasing only one year of tax returns. The president's latest campaign ad, titled "What is Mitt Romney hiding?" asks voters to consider "the questions of whether Mitt Romney paid his fair chair of taxes."
Meanwhile, the Romney campaign has narrowed in on Obama's record and taxpayer-funded rewards for campaign donors that has led to an outsourcing of U.S. jobs.
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