NMMA calls on Obama to clarify remarks about buying boats

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The National Marine Manufacturers Association called on President Barack Obama to clarify his remarks made Tuesday in Nashua, N.H., that associated purchasing a boat with irresponsible spending.

The President made this off-the-cuff remark at a town hall event announcing his new Small Business Lending Initiative. The President has already apologized to Las Vegas for similar comments he made in the same speech.

"The recreational boating industry is one of the last remaining American manufacturing businesses and net exporters, contributing nearly $30 billion in new sales and services to our nation's economy each year, NMMA president Thom Dammrich said in a statement.

"We don't believe the President meant any harm by his comment, but we encourage the President to join us in celebrating the U.S. recreational boating industry and to stay focused on creating conditions for a strong business environment, including his own remarks," Dammrich added.

The NMMA today sent a letter to the President encouraging him to visit a boat manufacturing plant and describing the U.S. boating industry.

The NMMA's letter to President Obama can be found here.

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