Romney, Republicans turn back outsourcing attacks on Obama
July 10th, 2012
10:53 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney, Republicans turn back outsourcing attacks on Obama

(CNN) – Mitt Romney's campaign is pointing to a new story in the Washington Post that details criticism of President Barack Obama for allowing domestic jobs to shift overseas.

"American jobs have been shifting to low-wage countries for years, and the trend has continued during Obama's presidency," states the article, published online Monday night.

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Romney's campaign was quick to email the article to reporters that same night, as well as Tuesday morning.

"It turns out President Obama is the outsourcer. You certainly won't hear about this from the Obama campaign," Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said in one of the emails.

The story mentions that then-candidate Obama promised in 2008 to overhaul the tax code to discourage companies from moving jobs overseas. He has also made similar calls throughout his presidency. However, the report says, "the broad tax changes have not happened."

"While White House officials say they have been waiting on Congress to act, Obama's critics, primarily on the political left, say he has repeatedly failed in other ways to protect American jobs from being moved overseas," the report reads. "They point to a range of actions they say he should have taken: confronting China, reining in unfettered trade and reworking a U.S. visa program that critics say ends up sending high-tech jobs abroad."

It mentions a study by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis that shows large American companies in 2010 "barely added any workers in the United States, increasing their numbers by 0.1 percent, while they expanded their foreign workforce by 1.5 percent." To be fair, it emphasizes that the trend is "business as usual" and points to similar rates between 2004 and 2010.

The story follows a report the Post published last month hitting Romney's private equity firm, Bain Capital, for investing in companies that the newspaper labeled "pioneers" in the practice of outsourcing.

Democrats immediately seized on the story and have since been citing the report in an onslaught attacks against Romney, with his campaign calling the candidate a would-be "outsourcer-in-chief."

Now, Republicans are throwing the same term back at Obama, using the Washington Post article to bolster their argument.

"President Obama's policies have encouraged American jobs to move overseas and he's sent taxpayer dollars to foreign-owned companies," Romney spokeswoman Saul said in a separate statement. "Sometimes the truth hurts, and it's clear the President's failed economic policies are hurting American workers."

The Republican National Committee launched a new website Tuesday pointing to what it describes as Obama policies that fail to prevent the loss of jobs to overseas markets.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus will appear in Iowa ahead of the president's trip Tuesday to blast Obama over his record of "outsourcing."

"President Obama has promised over and over that he would focus on creating 'jobs that pay well and can't be outsourced' but his record speaks otherwise," Priebus said in a statement. "The Outsourcer-In-Chief is going around the country touting his 'jobs record,' but the only positive record he has is creating jobs in faraway places like Finland and South Korea."

The president's campaign, however, says Obama has "fought continuously" to end tax cuts for companies that outsource. It highlights recent trade agreements the president signed with South Korea, Panama and Colombia, as well as action taken against China "to ensure an even playing field for American workers."

"That's a record that stands in stark contrast to Mitt Romney, who personally profited from investments in companies that were pioneers in shipping American jobs to India and China, vetoed legislation that would have prevented outsourcing MA jobs, and currently supports a tax policy that would encourage companies to ship American jobs overseas," said press secretary Ben LaBolt in a statement.

He continued: "We understand that the Romney campaign wants us to share in their outsourcing misery, but the record doesn't support their attacks."

– CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Economy • Mitt Romney • President Obama • RNC
soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Humm,
    The short answer is if you want the country to start growing again get rid of Obama. Cheap Shots will get you no where. Obama and the Democrats have a big problem on the Horizion. All the Bush Tax Cuts as well as the Social Security Tax going back to what it was before it was reduced to help the poor people survive. Obama Care just over the Horizion coming on fast and also more taxs, like it or not. It's your Nickle, it's your vote. As if we are not in enough trouble now, it can get worse.

    July 10, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  2. DaveC

    How is Obama responsible for outsourcing jobs overseas? What about the republican congress? Have they proposed anything to alleviate this problem?

    The water main just broke down the street from my house. Is the RNC going to blame Obama for that too?

    July 10, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  3. Myviewis

    Yes, Obama is so against outsourcing/offshoring jobs that he invited Diana Farrell of McKinsey & Co. to join his team, U.S. National Economic Council and Presidential Task Force on the Auto Industry, Diana Farrell the queen, the lobbyist, an advocate of outsourcing jobs (McKinsey's giant client IBM, NASSCOM, both involved in outsourcing jobs). Right, Obama is really against oursourcing. Let's look at Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who while in India spoke of the good of Pepsi and Frito Lay plants creating jobs and opportunities for the Indian people, spoke of open markets to more trade and investments and about the 35% of the L1 Work Visas the U.S. has issued to Indians. Isn't Hillary Clinton on Obama's team carrying his message across the world? Obviously, Obama is not against or angry at outsourcing/offshoring jobs. Obama just found one more gimmick to distract voters from the job he has not done and of his broke promises. Read Offshoring-Understanding the Emerging Global Markety by Diana Farrell and McKinsey Quarterly.

    July 10, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  4. Sniffit

    "We know the GOP can't come up with any ideas or solutions"

    To be fair, that's not quite true. Their "solution" is to continue shifting all the wealth and power in this nation to the 1% so that the rest of us get our jobs back by being reduced to local third-world labor that doesn't require the long-distance shipping, mangement and other costs.

    July 10, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  5. Sniffit

    "Fetching much Romney? "

    More like FELCHING.

    July 10, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. Sniffit

    "The water main just broke down the street from my house. Is the RNC going to blame Obama for that too?"

    Only a socialist would expect the government to fix that. Get out your tools and a nice pair of galloshes and get to work...shwo some personal responsibility.

    July 10, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  7. Al-NY,NY

    So according to Flip, Obama did outsource jobs but he didn't? That's rich

    July 10, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  8. the.chemist.of.discord

    The Republicans favorite rhetorical tactic, the Pee Wee Herman classic: "I know what you are, but what am I?" Used to deflect charges of racism, fascism, dogmatism, and greed. Appeals to the developmentally-arrested whose debating skills peaked in High School.

    July 10, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  9. The Other Dale

    So, the strategy of the Republicans is "Thanks to us, Obama couldn't get legistration through to stop these jobs going overseas!" Nice work, guys. It's oke a campaign to get rid of the GOP by the GOP!

    BTW, it's funny they're not defending or excusing Romney for what his company did.

    July 10, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  10. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    I truly believe Romney will take any side of any question if he thinks it will win him the presidency. Romney has not only outsourced American jobs, he has outsourced his personal wealth – could it be to avoid paying taxes? Should he be elected, this is what I fear: (1) within six months of his election, we will be at war with Iran (2) He will manage another tax break for the wealthiest Americans causing the economy to take a major nose dive (3) He will do everything possible to stop The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) which gives desperate people medical coverage. (4) After 8 years of Bush, Pres. Obama has worked hard to restore an America who again is admired and respected by the world. With Republicans in the White House, we will return to being the world's bullies and become hated again. Obama in 2012.

    July 10, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  11. tibs

    Most people tend to have the cart before the horse on this issue, so to speak. People just attack business for moving jobs overseas, but dont seem to care why. Do not demonize business owners when they make logical cost effective decisions for their company. But why is it cost effective for them to move jobs overseas?

    The reason is an excess of taxes and regulation which make employees expensive liabilities. We created the (now decaying) backbone of our economy in a society that was free from government and burdensome, unnecessary, ineffective, poorly worded, regulation. That was the key to Americas early success, and it is the reason for our deepening weakness.

    Obamacare is a disgrace. It is a bill written by insurance company lobbyists, 2000 pages of it. It is essentially a bailout for the insurance and pharma companies with nearly 400 BILLION worth of subsidies. Not to mention excemptions for terminally ill children. This is the society the corporate state creates. And the ONLY reason it is able to come into existence is because of the power of gov. As long as there is power, it will be for sale.

    July 10, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  12. Name

    Lets see who states call at the time of a disaster

    July 10, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  13. livingston

    The party of "me too!" strikes again. It is easy to tell what is working against Romney. All you have to do is listen to the current noise that they are making. If it is pointed out that Romney vacillates so much on every position that I think he would be reluctant to swear to his name and stand by it – well, then they say the President is a 'flip-flopper! Now that the fact that Romney's company (with him in charge)has done more to ship jobs overseas then anyone in history – well, The President is trying to ship jobs overseas, too! So sad and it smells of desperation.

    July 10, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  14. Romney's Strategy

    "Nuh uh. Bounces off me and sticks to you."

    July 10, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  15. Lisa P

    So, I guess now that we're all agreed that tax credits for jobs that are shipped overseas are bad, the House Republicans will be able to introduce and pass a bill that the Senate Republicans won't obstruct, the Senate Democrats can vote for and President Obama will be able to sign. Or the Senate Democrats could introduce the bill - I'm really not fussy on that point, just as long as it gets done. Because outsourcing of jobs hurts America, and we all want to fix that problem, right? Right??? [*crickets*]

    July 10, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  16. Nathan

    If Romney did outsourcing overseas he probably created more jobs than Obama in 3.5 years just from the people managing them in the states. The state of Texas has created more jobs that Obama in 3.5 years. Lets hear about all the stimulus money of ours that Obama sent overseas and then we can get a basis for some really idiotic financial moves.

    July 10, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  17. Rudy NYC

    "American jobs have been shifting to low-wage countries for years, and the trend has continued during Obama's presidency," states the article, published online Monday night.
    -------------------
    We saw 8 million manufacturing jobs leave this country during the Bush administration. That is in due in part to the growth of Asian consumer markets and elsewhere around the globe. It is cheaper to manufacture closer to the end user, which is simple economics. But, there has been a financial incentive for American manufacturers to move to the end user so that they can compete in those markets. Unfortunately, the end result has been not some, but all manufacturing has been moving overseas as companies take advantage of those tax incentives.

    Those incentives were put in place by the GWB administration and Republicans have resisted changing them.

    July 10, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  18. CurtisJasper

    At the very least, this is a misstep on the GOP's part because it essentially validates Obama's position that outsourcing is a legit issue, and Romney has far less ground to stand on when it comes to denials.

    July 10, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. ThinkAgain

    Since when did President Obama outsource jobs? All those American traitors who took their companies overseas, financed by the likes of Bain Capital, are the outsourcers!

    July 10, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  20. ThinkAgain

    It's just simply pathetic how many angles the GOP uses to fan the flames of hatred against President Obama. I just don't get how incredibly dumb and in denial Repub voters are to the fact that their party is trying to once again convince them to vote against their self-interest.

    July 10, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  21. Dave

    Obama certainly has not added jobs to the United States. Even though he is adding about 75,000 jobs a month (much lower than other Presidents by the way), he is still facing a net deficit of jobs during his tenure. His record is not one to brag about.

    July 10, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain

    President Obama being a Democrat (wanting to invest in our country, rebuild our infrastructure, make higher education more affordable, create more access to effective health care, strengthen the Middle Class, ensure our technological and innovation edge into the future, engage the world in a realistic, constructive way, stop the redistribution of wealth upward, knowing that when the Middle Class wins, the rich do fine, thank you very much), is what REALLY makes the the Repubs and the right throw hissy fits.

    The GOP knows there are enough dumb suckers in their base who are too cowardly to admit they hate President Obama because he's black and instead channel their racism into nonsense such as President Obama is "the outsourcer."

    Nothing more than just another ploy by the GOP to get the ignoramuses that comprise their "base" to continue voting against their own self-interest.

    July 10, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  23. 1twinsfan

    You know, that old rubber/glue argument doesn't really work here, Mittens.

    July 10, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    Job creation is better now than it was under George W. Bush.
    We lost 8 million manufacturing jobs under Bush, which works out to be one million per year, on average.

    July 10, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  25. Mingo

    Just another Romney political tactic to shift the blame and point the finger elsewhere. I don't hear Obama making nearly 100 million for outsourcing jobs.

    July 10, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
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