Fact Check: Romney, Perry Twist Obama's 'Lazy' and 'Soft' Comments

By Theresa Poulson

President Obama should choose his words carefully when talking about the economy -- because they can and will be used against him.


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Obama used the word "lazy" to describe American business practices in a conversation about attracting foreign investments on Saturday at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. His audience was a group of CEOs, but some Republican presidential candidates would have you believe that he was talking to individuals about their character.

Both Rick Perry and Mitt Romney were quick to use this line of reasoning against Obama while making stump speeches in early-primary states this week. Perry released a TV ad on Wednesday in which he calls Obama's remarks "pathetic."

Also being used as attack-fodder: In an interview with a Florida NBC affliate in September, Obama described the United States as "soft" when it comes to global competitiveness. Perry flipped Obama's words around on Monday, saying that he called American "people soft, lacking in ambition and imagination."

Watch Obama's comments and the GOP attacks below and see for yourself: Are Republicans playing fair?

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