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Obama Regrets 'Syntax' of 'Didn't Build That' Comment

US President Barack Obama waves as he walks across the South Lawn upon return to the White House.
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US President Barack Obama waves as he walks across the South Lawn upon return to the White House.

President Barack Obama says he regrets the wording he used in his "didn't build that" speech that Republicans have used as their own rallying cry.

He told a WWBT-TV in Norfolk, Va., that he has "regrets" for his "syntax."

But he said he stands by the point he was making in the campaign speech last month that the government has provided strong support to small businesses. And he said, "Everyone who was there knows exactly what I was saying."

Total Cost: $58,065Tuition: $43,840Room & Board: $13,980Fees: $245Claremont McKenna, located near downtown Los Angeles, accepted only 12.4 percent of its applicants for the class of 2016, a rate that admissions counselor Brandon Gonzalez said ensures that students here will be going to school only with other top students.�The class of 2016 will be one of the most talented groups of students we have ever seen,�  The school will charge these students a tuition of $21,920 per semester, or $43,840 for the entire academic year, incurring a total cost of
Total Cost: $58,065Tuition: $43,840Room & Board: $13,980Fees: $245Claremont McKenna, located near downtown Los Angeles, accepted only 12.4 percent of its applicants for the class of 2016, a rate that admissions counselor Brandon Gonzalez said ensures that students here will be going to school only with other top students.�The class of 2016 will be one of the most talented groups of students we have ever seen,� The school will charge these students a tuition of $21,920 per semester, or $43,840 for the entire academic year, incurring a total cost of

Republicans have said Obama overstated the importance of government's role in helping businesses succeed.

GOP Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan took aim at the comment again Thursday, saying government shouldn't get the credit for the achievements of business owners.