HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) - President Barack Obama appears to have taken ashot at Republican U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra during hisspeech for the groundbreaking of a battery plant for electriccars.
Obama said Thursday that some politicians want to return topolicies that led to the recession. He says they say no to some ofhis policies, including clean-energy projects.
Obama says the politicians still show up at ribbon cuttings.
Hoekstra was in the crowd. He says he doesn't know if thepresident was talking about him. But Hoekstra said he was at thegroundbreaking to respect the office of the president.
Hoekstra said the U.S. government shouldn't be helping to payfor the construction of the plant, saying government shouldn't bedeciding which businesses win and which lose.
In a brief interview with 24 Hour News 8, Hoekstra saidhe thought the comments were inappropriate and notpresidential.
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