Published: Jul 05, 2011 7:37 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 05, 2011 6:37 PM EDT

HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) - Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is sticking to his claim that President Barack Obama has made the economy worse.

In recent weeks, Romney has gone from saying that Obama made the recession worse, to saying he didn't say that, to again saying the recession has deepened because of the president.

Speaking with business leaders in Hampton, N.H., on Tuesday, Romney said Obama had done far too little to encourage small business growth, and he blamed the president for environmental and financial regulations he says have stifled businesses. He says the president should take a step back and admit he's made mistakes.

Romney told the business leaders his plan to improve the economy would include lower taxes, fewer regulations, a tougher stance on international trade and investment in job training programs.

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