Corbett spokesman Kevin Harley said the GOP candidate had talked briefly to a radio reporter before holding a news conference Friday on a business plan to create jobs.
"He visited with business owners in the business district of Elizabethtown," a small town in Lancaster County, Mr. Harley said. "He laid out an economic plan for small businesses."
As for his comments on the unemployed, Mr. Corbett "was just passing along some anecdotal stories he had heard" from some employers, Mr. Harley said.
"If Dan Onorato wants to hold a news conference every time Tom Corbett makes a statement, that's up to him," Mr. Harley said. "If he wants to attack Tom, we'll let the voters decide on that."
Mr. Harley said that Mr. Corbett "knows that the vast majority of people who are unemployed are diligently looking for work. He has visited with unemployed workers at agencies such as Careerlink in Lancaster, which retrains and matches up employers with employees, and the Advanced Skills Center in York, which retrains workers in highly skilled jobs such as welding and robotics. He wants to create an economic climate that allows business and entrepreneurs to flourish."