Ryan: China treats Obama like a 'doormat'
August 16th, 2012
12:38 PM ET
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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. CBR

    Dear Rep. Ryan,

    Before you point fingers at anyone, check back in history as to who opened trade with China, Since then the Chinese have been invited into businesses and manufacturing corporations. The larges retail organizations such as Wal-Mart and Target sell a myriad of items make in China so they could be sold cheaply. We have allowed teh Chinese to walk all over us because we are the people buying the products. China is now supplying more than it is buying. Come on folks, unless you never buy anything made in China, you are part of the problem. That applies to members of Congress like mr. Ryan, too.

    August 16, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  2. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Ask your running mate about how many jobs he's shipped over there if you're so concerned. They still buy WI milk...

    August 16, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. DannyCali

    Soon after election over the Republicans Party going to say we Lost election because we got the wrong guy, that time is too late for Repub party.

    August 16, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. Fair is Fair


    hey as long and they continue to by our bonds be nice
    You've got no idea the danger in that... do you, mcskadittle?

    August 16, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. diane

    Can't believe we have to sit through another 3 months to look at this guy's mug. Another derogatory description of our president by this guy and his ilk. Man, I can't wait to see the look of their faces at the inaguration when Presdient Obama will be sworn in for a second term. They will most likely stay away and I hope they do.

    August 16, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. bud

    ryan is wronge, he should teach romney that shipping jobs to china was a trap for greedy men fall into and now china hes close up

    August 16, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  7. bb

    Hey send Bozo Biden over there, that jerk doent even know what century it is, maybe he can make Chinese jokes the same way he talks down to black america

    August 16, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  8. CNN Fan

    Paul Ryan tries to change topic....How about the Medicare issue? If he talks about that...GOP will lose...
    Who cares about China treats the U.S President...Obama is the U.S President..he cares about Americans ...not Chinese...how about how British PM and London Mayor treated Romney? haha...the world can see it...Romney was so embarrassed.....

    August 16, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  9. Ferret out the B.S.

    So far everything that the republicans have accused the President of doing or not doing has been a lie. Of course there will always be those that believe the lies because they just don't want to see the truth. The Nazis did this very same thing to persuade their population that Hitler was doing everything in their best interests among other things. History has a way of repeating itself if we're not careful.

    August 16, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  10. Malory Archer

    Thanks for your input JGW. However, whenever someone contradicts the tighty righty's inane rantings, they just claim that the person making the contradiction is "the exception".

    August 16, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  11. Random Poster

    "Before you point fingers at anyone, check back in history as to who opened trade with China"

    And that would be Bill Clinton. But hey, at least he got a nice bribe.. er donation to his presidential library from it.

    August 16, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  12. Malory Archer

    Lizzie, have you ever actually ever visited anywhere outside the United States besides Tiajuana? The rest of the world appreciates and respects President Obama infinitely more than the previous occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and judging by mittens' shambles of a trip abroad, far more than the future "also ran".

    August 16, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  13. rs

    Question to Mr. Ryan and Mr. Romney- After your hugely successful trip abroad, once you actually find China on the map, please identify the problem(s) with China and list your possible solutions.
    I expect the usual response.

    August 16, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  14. dreamer96

    Yeah China would treat Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan better...The GOP and the top 1% are making the Communist government and the Communist leaders very rich...Every Chinese company..every American Company that builds a factory in China has to share ownership and their profits with the Communist Government and the Communist government leaders that own large shares....The GOP and the top 1% are making the Chinese Communist leaders very, very rich...

    Mitch McConnell is married to the daughter of a Chinese shipping Billionaire...He does not care about US workers..or how our military is paid for..want to repeal the minimum wage law,...wants to let the rich pay ZERO taxes on Capital Gains and Dividends....no money for our military..our US Navy..that keep the world sea trade opean..protects those Chinese cargo ships.....Mitch McConnell would get a very warm welcome in China...

    August 16, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  15. Randy, San Francisco

    Ryan is starting to sound a little more like Sarah Palin, shrill and ridiculous. Did he hire the same speech writers?

    August 16, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. Ray

    Ryan. ask Romney about all jobs he shipped to china

    August 16, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  17. rs

    Obama – Ending the American Dream as We Know It-
    Yeah, sure. And Mr. Romney sure showed off his foreign policy chops too, right? What exactly are Mr. Ryan's foreign policy credentials? Oh, yeah-none.

    August 16, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  18. TY

    Ryan is a nut anyone who consider Ann Rand as their Hero. Help me understand "if Ryan is like Sara Palin and Ryan is smart and Palin is dump" What it really saying.........He is young and has his own agenda......please American people don't give it to him. By the way he is not smart, time will tell it all........I rather have Joe B than Ryan anytime of the day. We know Joe sometime is over the top, but he is REAL.......

    August 16, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  19. Rod

    Ryan where is your deck on what you will do for the problem with China. You id not have a solution 4 years back, and you don't have a solution. You did not have spine then, neither do you now. Just being a VP candidate doesnot mean you can spit on the president. Can you show one solution that Mitt will accept?

    August 16, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  20. LBAM

    You two guys are such clowns your names should be Mitt Ryan and Paul Romney. Boy Ryan, what is your foriegn policy experience? I doubt that you have ever left these shores and the extent of your travels have been Wisconsin to DC.

    August 16, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  21. Peter

    To CBR: checking back in history, it was the British who first open trade with China in the 1800's with the Opium War. Then the French with Opium War II. Then the 8 nation alliance including America that storm its capital and killed thousands in their wake. China was then finally OPENED to neo-colonialism and trade.

    August 16, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  22. Obama - Ending the American Dream as We Know It

    China just LOVES Obama. We borrow all their money, send them interest payments so they can build up their country, industry and military, which steals our jobs. If ANYBODY is help ship jobs overseas, it is all the money the federal government is sending to China because they own our debt. And Obama is the KING OF DEBT. China is rooting for 4 more years of Obama in the Whitehouse.

    August 16, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    Looks like Rosco's got Flash trained to flip-flop now too.

    August 16, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  24. Mr. Moderate

    So lets see, they have us lined up for a shooting war with Iran, and now a trade war with China.

    August 16, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  25. EX Republican

    Romney ship american jobs to china..Ryan ask your boss Romney why did he ship jobs to china.

    August 16, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
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