Republicans are criticizing President Obama for saying the U.S. is getting lazy about attracting foreign investment.
"We've been a little bit lazy, I think, over the last couple of decades," Obama told American CEOs at Asia-Pacific economic summit in Hawaii this past weekend.
"We've kind of taken for granted, well, people will want to come here and we aren't out there hungry, selling America and trying to attract new business into America."
In September the president made similar claims, saying America is "a great, great country that had gotten a little soft and didn't have that same competitive edge that we needed over the last couple of decades."
However, critics like GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney say the president is blaming businesses for his administration's failures.
"The American people are not lazy, Mr. President - but this White House has been lazy and soft, unable to do anything to turn the economy around," Romney said.