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Friday, President Obama made a couple of campaign stops following the release of disappointing job numbers for the month of June. Get more info in the article below from FoxNews.com.
President Obama, at his second campaign stop Friday following a dismal June jobs report, dropped a line from his speech in which he cited the faint job growth as a "step in the right direction."
The president had taken heat for the comment from both the Mitt Romney campaign and Republican National Committee.
"Seriously?" Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said in an email earlier that drew attention to the remark. She noted the 80,000 jobs recorded in June are far below the 130,000 to 150,000 it takes to keep pace with population growth.
The RNC also circulated a hastily produced Web video, splicing together a news report on the June employment picture with Obama's comment.
But at a stop Friday afternoon in Pittsburgh, his last on a two-day bus tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania, Obama dropped the line -- stressing instead the work that remains.
"We have been fighting back," Obama said. "But what we all understand is that we've got so much more to do. Too many of our friends and family members and neighbors are still out of work. Too many folks still are seeing their home property values under water."
The president is still smarting from saying after the previous monthly jobs report that the private sector's "doing fine." He's also taken criticism from Democrats for allegedly overselling the recovery. Democratic strategist James Carville's firm famously warned last month that struggling voters "are not convinced that we are headed in the right direction."
Yet at his first campaign stop Friday, in Poland, Ohio, that's what Obama said.
"You know, we learned this morning that our businesses created 84,000 new jobs last month, and that overall means that businesses have created 4.4 million jobs over the past 28 months, including 500,000 new manufacturing jobs. That's a step in the right direction," Obama said.