10/31/2014 10:59 am ET Updated Nov 03, 2014

Hillary Clinton Jobs Remark Makes Cameo In House Debate

Hillary Clinton's comment that businesses don't create jobs made a cameo in a House debate Thursday evening.

Republican Rick Allen, who owns a construction company, attacked incumbent Rep. John Barrow's (D-Ga.) record by invoking the former secretary of state and President Barack Obama.

"I mean I know that our president and Mrs. Clinton have both said that businesses don't create jobs. But, you know what -- they do. And when you criticize a business, and the number one thing on people's minds are jobs, then guess what -- then you're criticizing the very thing that gives you the opportunity to get a job," Allen said.

Clinton made the comment in a speech denouncing "trickle down" economics last week, telling a New England crowd, "Don't let anybody tell you that it's corporations and businesses that create jobs." The possible presidential hopeful corrected herself in an address on Monday, arguing that the "economy grows when businesses and entrepreneurs create good-paying jobs here in an America where workers and families are empowered to build from the bottom up and the middle out -- not when we hand out tax breaks for corporations that outsource jobs or stash their profits overseas."

But the initial line has already become fodder for a number of Republican heavyweights, some of whom are also considering a presidential run in 2016.

Watch Allen's remarks above.



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