White House press secretary Josh Earnest was repeatedly pressed Tuesday over remarks Hillary Clinton made during a recent campaign event.
ABC News White House correspondent Jon Karl asked Earnest if he agrees with the Democratic presidential candidate that small business creation has "stalled out" in the U.S. The remark was made by Clinton during a campaign event in New Hampshire on Monday.
“I didn’t see the entirety of her remarks, but I can tell you that the president certainly believes there is more that we can do here in Washington to put in place policies that will further strengthen job creation in our economy,” Earnest said.
That answer didn't satisfy Karl, who reiterated his question to the press secretary.
"Do you agree with Hillary Clinton that under President Barack Obama small business creation has 'stalled out?'" the ABC reporter asked.
"I'm not sure that's a direct quote," Earnest shot back. "I suspect that it's not."
Karl interjected, quoting Clinton saying that she believes small business creation has "stalled out."
"The president himself has said many times that there are additional important steps that can be taken by Washington, D.C., where members of Congress no longer serve as impediment to forward economic momentum, but actually they can support it," Earnest said.
“That’s not my question, though, I just asked: do you agree that small business creation has stalled out in the United States?” Karl once again pressed.
Earnest dodged, saying, "Again, I didn't see the entirety of her remarks."
"Has small business creation stalled out in the United States?" Karl asked yet again.
"We'll take a look at the statistics," Earnest concluded before ending the back-and-forth by calling on another reporter.
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