Ryan: China treats Obama like a 'doormat'
August 16th, 2012
12:38 PM ET
6 years ago

Ryan: China treats Obama like a 'doormat'

North Canton, Ohio (CNN) – Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan said China was treating President Barack Obama "like a doormat" because he's not going after them for unfair trade policies.

"They steal our intellectual property right. They block access to their markets. They manipulate their currency," Ryan said Thursday. "President Obama promised he would stop these promises. He said he'd go to the mat with China. Instead they're treating him like a doormat."

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During a rally in Ohio, Ryan said when it comes to trade, unlike the Obama administration, he and Mitt Romney would "crackdown on China cheating."

"The more goods we manufacture the more food we grow and sell them overseas, the more good jobs we have here at home. Free trade is a powerful tool for peace and prosperity but our trading partners need to play by the rules," he said.

The House Budget Committee chairman, in his new role as running mate, has spent the last five days traveling to battleground states and pushing Romney's message of reviving the economy and bringing back jobs.

The Republican team has been touting their economic plan would create 12 million jobs in the next four years. Ryan broke down that number for Ohioans.

"It¹s a plan to create 12 million jobs in the next four years. That in Ohio means 452,000 jobs if we get this economy growing like it should, and we can get this economy growing like it should at four percent," Ryan said.

Obama's re-election team accused Ryan of engaging in "over-the-top" rhetoric. In a statement, Obama spokesperson Danny Kanner defended their candidate's record on China, pointing out the president has filed seven trade complaints against China, more than the Bush Administration.

Kanner also pointed to House Republicans' refusal to pass a bill that would penalize countries - including China - whose currency is now undervalued. The Democrat-controlled Senate passed the measure last year, but House Republicans were split on supporting the legislation. Most business groups oppose Congressional action, and top GOP leaders indicated they opposed moving any bill.

'[Romney's] running mate is following suit with over-the-top rhetoric after he voted to repeal help for American workers hurt by unfair trade practices and declined to take measures to crack down on China's currency practices," Kanner wrote.

He continued: "Today, Paul Ryan once again demonstrated that he's been co-opted by Mitt Romney after flip-flopping on his own record. A few years ago, Mitt Romney criticized President Obama for standing up to China to protect American tire workers, calling his actions 'decidedly bad for the nation and our workers.'"

CNN's Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.

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soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. Brooke

    Really.....you dont have a clue little man. Same BS different day.......sick of these REP

    August 16, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  2. Obama - Ending the American Dream as We Know It

    Obama is an an empty suit. All the foreign leaders know it and treat him accordingly. They saw him give Russia everything for nothing. They play him for the inexperienced fool he is. And the country suffers for it.

    August 16, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  3. v4865

    Why don't you look at your records MIGHTY RYAN!BE CAREFUL IT WILL BITE YOU IN YOUR THROAT...

    August 16, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  4. mcskadittle

    hey as long and they continue to by our bonds be nice

    August 16, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. mcskadittle

    So starting a trade war is your answer? just another bully like mitt. good choice republicans

    August 16, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  6. Mayberry

    what a lying stack of poop. He is worse than Romney.

    August 16, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  7. CandeeBR

    Right!! No admisistration has gone after any of our trade partners. This has been happening since the 1970's. Politicians (read that blow hards) beat their chests and pass more Fair Trade laws but then do nothing with those laws. And, our trading partners all know this is just smoke and mirrors being used to pacify the American workers and to get the blow hards elected.

    August 16, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  8. Marie MD

    What is the altar boy talking about? The whole speech makes absolutely no sense.
    How can the bully bishop crack down on a country whose workforce grew thanks to him and bain?
    Maybe he needs to go back to England to see how well they are received. The Olympics went well and the Brits were more than prepared!

    August 16, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  9. CanadaONE

    RYAN is a dangerous man likley to cause WW3 if he gets into office

    get him offf the continent!



    August 16, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. bb

    Not just China, everyone treats Oblunder like a doormat. Oblunder is a pansy plain and simple, weak, gutless come to mind also. OH dising on Oblameo cnn wont print this,

    August 16, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  11. Wes B.

    Fortunately, people are smart enough to not trust this guy.

    August 16, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  12. TAK

    I am certain that China will treat President Romney with the same respect that we would treat a used car salesman. After all, big business and the GOP have sold this country down the drain to them.

    August 16, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. Angry

    Finally- I'm glad someone finally is being honest about how lopsided our relationship is with china. Too bad people are so polarized they can't appreciate what he is saying – he's right, regardless of which party he's in

    August 16, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  14. Woman In California

    Why doesn't he just shut-up and go give Willard a rise?

    August 16, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  15. Etch-A-Sketch Mitt RobMe Hood Out-sourcing-Jobs Outsourcing-his-Money and Outsourcing America

    Paul Ayn Rand is treating grandma's like doormat!!!..................KILL GRANDMA MEDICARE AND GIVE MORE TAX CUTS TO BILLIONAIRES AND MILLIONAIRES!!!!

    August 16, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  16. Mack

    You may not want to talk about China, lyin Ryan, since Mitt and Adelson have a lot of money invested over there. Probably one of the many reasons why Mitt's afraid to release his tax returns.

    August 16, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  17. JGW

    I'm a register Republican from NY. Obama has filed more grevience and sactions against China's unfair trade practice in 4 years than Bush did in 8 years. The company I work for was able to sell more equipment in China in 2009 and 2010 which allowed us to prevent additional layoffs from 2008. We went from 60 emplyees at the end of 2008 after layoffs to currently 130 employees. We sell capital equipment in both the US and around the world and have had our two best years in company history in 2010 and 2011 with 2012 keeping pace. I can't see how he could be labeled bad for business. From 2002 when I started with the company to 2008 under Bush we had 3 of our lowest sales years. (2002, 2003 and 2008)

    August 16, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  18. LB

    Some day they will give a statement that is true.......just not today i guess.

    August 16, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  19. Linda

    Ryan's mentor Ayn Rand would be proud of him for using the middle class and poor as the GOP's doormat to enrich themselves. You are shameless and immoral.

    August 16, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  20. sonny chapman

    Pick up an M-!6, gab Mitt's FIVE boys & any other Chicken Hawk Repub. that you can & go over there & ORDER the Chinese to be nice.

    August 16, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  21. amlcpamaine

    Ryan the attack dog making issue of China, Romney's partner in destroying American jobs. And he's do clueless on international issues that they're sitting in Beiging laughing at him.

    August 16, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  22. Darryl

    I just can't believe these Republican, T-Party, extremeists ! This Ryan shooting off his big mouth about China and foreign policy. WRONG!!! Just like Gengrich, shooting off about Aribs and Middle Eastern Leaders. And Bachmann shooting off about Muslims. These people are very dangerious and extremely troublesome. We are connected all over the world now a days through the internet. The other countrys watch everything we do and EVERYTHING we SAY. The other countrys are interested in this election as we are. When they hear Ryan, Gingrech, Bachmann, ect, & Romney on Iran, you better believe it plays a factor on another possible WAR ! These people need to shut-up about Foreign Affairs totally. Not all americans want another WAR & Bloodshed and the LOSS of innocent lives. I'm getting to the point of real hate towards the Republican Party, T-Party ( extremists ) ect. I'm just discusted !

    August 16, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  23. Tom

    And Ryan is considered "serious"?

    August 16, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  24. Lizzie

    So do most of the countries, none has respect for us, they just laugh and do their own thing, but telling the US and President Obama to get his house in order, before he blames them for ALL the ills of the US.

    August 16, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  25. Lynda/Minnesota

    "During a rally in Ohio, Ryan said when it comes to trade, unlike the Obama administration, he and Mitt Romney would "crackdown on China cheating."

    Yeah. Mitt's going pull his tax havens out of China in a "take that" foot stamping temper tantrum. Give me a break, Paul Ryan.

    August 16, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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