President Barack Obama pushed back at criticism that his administration is anti-business on Friday, arguing White House actions have boosted the private sector.
He also underlined his support for the private sector as the driving force of the economy, and said his administration had worked to help business recover from the depths of the recession.
“The greatest generator of jobs in America is our private sector,” Obama told an audience at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. “It’s our entrepreneurs and innovators, who are willing to take a chance on a good idea. It’s our businesses, large and small, who are making payroll, working with suppliers.”
The remarks in a speech in the battleground state of Nevada followed intense criticism of the White House from corporate leaders and business groups.