WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), whose name has been floated as a potential running mate for Mitt Romney, took a jab at President Barack Obama on Thursday over his comment about the private sector "doing fine."

During brief remarks at the Faith & Freedom Coalition lunch, Portman said that Obama's remark gives people "a glimpse into the failed philosophies that he has chosen" and shows how out of touch he is with middle-class America.

"He needs to get out more," Portman said to cheers and applause.

The conservative Ohio senator said that what concerns him more is that Obama's solution to the flagging economy is to hire more people in public sector jobs.

"I don't think most economists agree with that," Portman said. The best solution is to return to what "we've always done," he continued, which is staying focused on "a capitalist system and helping free enterprise to help people achieve their God-given potential." The line drew another round of applause from the room, where Portman was clearly well-received.

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