"But I don't apologize for the idea that this president has demonstrated that he does not understand how jobs are created in America," Sununu quickly added.

The comment Sununu made came while he was criticizing Obama on the economy during a conference call earlier on Tuesday.

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"The men and women all over America who — who have worked hard to build these businesses, their businesses, from the ground up is how our economy became the envy of the world. It is the American way," Sununu said during the conference call. "And I wish this president would learn how to be an American."

By the end of the call Sununu had walked back the comment, saying "the president has to learn the American formula for creating business."