Only hours after releasing a statement to The Florida Independent regarding his former company’s alleged campaign improprieties, Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota appeared on MSNBC’s Morning, Joe. Video after the jump.

Though he did mention his experience as a business owner, Buchanan was not questioned regarding the lawsuit. Instead, Buchanan spoke as Florida’s only member of the House Ways and Means Committee, saying that President Obama is “finishing the year on a strong note” but that he was bothered by “the whole lame-duck process.”

On small-business owners, Buchanan drew on personal experiences. “I’ve created hundreds of businesses in my life,” he said. “Once you make the money … you go out and build more businesses.” Indeed, Buchanan has created several businesses, some of which are now surrounded by controversy due to questionable campaign practices during the congressman’s 2006 and 2008 campaigns.

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