Obama flubs line on jobs, says he's "channeling" Romney

KENT, Ohio Wed Sep 26, 2012 7:16pm EDT

1 of 3. U.S. President Barack Obama greets supporters at the end of his election campaign rally at Kent State University, Ohio, September 26, 2012.

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KENT, Ohio (Reuters) - President Barack Obama flubbed a line during a campaign speech on Wednesday, mistakenly saying he wanted to export U.S. jobs, before correcting himself and jokingly blaming Republican rival Mitt Romney.

In the middle of remarks to an enthusiastic crowd in the battleground state of Ohio, Obama was describing a five-point plan to boost employment and lay a "stronger foundation" for the U.S. economy when he stumbled at a crucial word.

"I want to see us export more jobs," Obama said, before catching himself quickly and saying, "Export more products."

"Excuse me," he exclaimed, drawing laughter. "I was channeling my opponent there for a second."

Obama frequently derides Romney, a former private equity executive, for being a "pioneer" of outsourcing jobs to other countries. With unemployment levels above 8 percent, both men are trying to convince voters they have the better plan to create jobs and boost the economy at home.

(Reporting by Lisa Lambert, Writing by Jeff Mason; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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Comments (4)
TheNewWorld wrote:
Why not the headline of a major gaffe? Playing favorites Reuters? I guess this is just another bump in the road like the Ambassador Stevens death.

Sep 26, 2012 7:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
costag1 wrote:
This guy will always find someone else to blame. t least he is consistent

Sep 26, 2012 7:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Buelligan wrote:
as opposed to Mitt who is never consistent on anything? He empathizes with the struggle of the 47%, even though he tells his $50k a plate dinner buddies we are lazy and dependent and not willing to take responsibility for themselves.

Sep 26, 2012 8:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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