Sununu apologizes for use of words

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Associated Press

Posted on July 18, 2012 at 4:05 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 18 at 6:05 AM

IRWIN, Pa. (AP) — Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu is apologizing for questioning President Barack Obama's patriotism.

Sununu, who supports Republican Mitt Romney, told reporters today that businesses that grow from the ground up made the U.S. economy the envy of the world and that it was the American way and that he wished Obama "would learn to be an American."

Asked later to clarify those remarks, Sununu said the president "has to learn the American formula for creating business." Then later, he told CNN he had made a mistake and that he shouldn't have used those words.

The comments came on a day when Romney has been focusing on a comment Obama made last week, in which he suggested that government played a role in the success of private enterprise. Romney said Obama's remarks were "insulting to every entrepreneur."

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