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Obama Campaign Still Explaining Small Business Remarks

It's always bad when a candidate has to explain what he really meant to say. It's worse when he's still explaining two weeks later. And it's the absolute worst when he has to spend precious campaign funds to explain himself in a TV ad. But that's what President Obama is doing, 12 days after he rather inartfully seemed to be dismissing the hard work and ingenuity of small business owners in remarks in Roanoke, Virginia. Republicans pounced almost as soon as he uttered the words and they haven't stopped pounding him since. The Obama campaign's initial response was to act as if the flap would go away. Then, it was to cite newspaper fact-checkers to show that the Romney campaign was distorting the president's comments.

But it didn't go away. And now the Obama campaign is airing a new TV ad in the states of Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Iowa and Nevada. It has the president himself taking a second stab at explaining how he feels about small business owners. "Those ads taking my words about small business out of context - they're flat out wrong," he says. "Of course Americans build their own businesses."

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