Romney ad hits Obama on China policy
September 13th, 2012
01:10 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney ad hits Obama on China policy

(CNN) – The latest ad from Mitt Romney's presidential campaign hits President Barack Obama for his stance on China, which the ad characterizes as devastating to the American manufacturing sector.

"Under Obama, we've lost over half a million manufacturing jobs," a narrator in the ad says. "And for the first time, China is beating us."

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The spot cites figures showing China becoming the world's top manufacturing country in 2011, which that narrator casts as a result of Obama refusal to "stop China's cheating."

That's a reference to decisions made by the U.S. Treasury not to label China a "currency manipulator," a designation that would allow the U.S. to more directly confront China over actions that have cheapened their exports, undercut the prices of American goods and produce economic growth rates several times that of the U.S.

Some critics warn that labeling China a currency manipulator could risk triggering a trade war. China could retaliate by launching tariffs of its own.

In a statement responding to the ad, Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith said, "President Obama has always stood up for American workers, regardless of politics. He's filed seven trade complaints against China, bringing cases at twice the rate of the Bush Administration."

"The job losses that his new ad references occurred in the first months after the President took office," Smith said. "Now, American manufacturers have added half a million jobs since January 2010 – the fastest manufacturing job growth since the 1990s."

The claims in the television ad were echoed by the candidate on the trail Thursday in Virginia, when Romney told a crowd of supporters "If a nation cheats like China has cheated, we call them on the carpet and don't let it continue."

"The president has had the chance year after year to label, to label China a currency manipulator, but he hasn't done so and I will label China the currency manipulator they are on the first day," he continued.

Similar criticism from Romney has been met with sharp rebukes in the past from the White House. In May, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, "Despite his tough talk now, Gov. Romney wasn't always for enforcing trade laws against China."

"In his book, Gov. Romney attacked the president for standing up for American workers and businesses by enforcing trade law against China, even calling it 'bad for the nation and our workers,'" Carney told reporters.

CNN Money's Annalyn Censky and CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.


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soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. Randy, San Francisco

    Before casting blame on President Obama, Romney should tell voters how many American jobs he and Bain Capital shipped to China.

    September 13, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  2. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    Romney should be talking about cheating on his taxes ,although he's done wonders for the China jobs numbers ,what a gop loser who better move to China or the Cayman s after his landslide loss to Obama in Nov !!!!

    September 13, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  3. Malory Archer

    Ironic that the guy who invented outsourcing is "hitting" President Obama over it.

    September 13, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  4. 200 TON HAMMER

    Thanks mitt you need too.show your ten years worth of taxes,too the poor republican non millionaires you need too do that

    September 13, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  5. carlos

    willard, please tell us when are you going to release your TAX RETURNS, also, since you are a descendant of polygamists, how many great grandmothers do you have?...and do not tell us YOU WILL GET BACK with your answers

    September 13, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  6. Mark

    So says captain outscourcer.....

    September 13, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. Btie

    Really? Romney Now you are desperate..

    September 13, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  8. JR of White Bear Lake MN

    Were getting to see what a Palin or Bachmann campaign would look like. Romney and his gang are coming un-glued before our eyes. Its going to be fun watching them "TRY" to turn this thing around.

    September 13, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. Chumlee

    Time to start slinging some real mud: Romney: HOW MANY JOBS DID YOU SEND TO CHINA, MEXICO, INDIA?

    Cough it up Mr. Fraud. We can play the same games that you play. Although, much better.

    Romney is a fraud, a tax cheat and a liar.

    September 13, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. John

    Isn't this A Big Lie of Mitt Romney. Mitt Romney Is the man that destroy American Company and than send what left of the Company to China or India, Just so he could get Rich. He didn't care about all the American People out of work, he only care about Mitt Romney.

    September 13, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. GI Joe

    ha ha ha ha haha ha

    After he sent them so many jobs, Romney now wants to now crack down on his buddies? ha ha ha hahaha

    September 13, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  12. cali girl

    hypocrisy at its best. Offshore and Outsources Sheriff of Nothingham can point this ad right at himself.

    September 13, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  13. chill

    That's ironic from the pioneer of outsourcing.

    September 13, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  14. Jimbo

    Romeny's cronies are the ones sending jobs to what are effectively slave labor factories in China and southeast Asia. They are doing so intentionally to hurt Obama's campaigns and to service their own enormous greed.

    There is a simple answer to this. Pass a law that any goods made for the US must be made in factories that meet US minimum wage and OSHA standards. Jobs will flood back to the US as fast as they can get the factories back in operation.

    September 13, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  15. Debra from Atlanta

    This is what you call out of touch, what China got to do with the S going on in the middleeast

    September 13, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  16. Ordnry1

    Talk is cheap, Mr. Romney. You don't call your creditors, "Cheats". The solution is very simple. Return what the U.S owes to China and stop doing business with them. Enforce (you are very good at it) our citizens to buy American products. Prohibit all Chinese made products in this country. If I may add, while Bush is busy bombing Iraq, China has been developing their R&D and building their country. Is it China's fault? Remember Reagan who removed solar panels from the White House that Carter installed? Now, who's number one producer of solar energy in the world? Attend graduation ceremonies at top universities and you'd find a very high percentage of Ph.D graduates from China, India and other foreign countries. Stop blaming President Obama. America's economy, education and health system have been deteriorating for a number of decades; it doesn't begin with Obama. With you in the White House, I bet you'll start another war with iran and who knows where else.

    September 13, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    This week has set this presidential race on a new course, thanks to Romney. Romney has been undeniably exposed as someone who bends the truth and invents his own facts. {Yesterday, he actually released his own timeline of how events transpired in the Cairo and Libya. Imagine that?}

    As a result, this ad, all future ads, and all previous ads will be regarded in the a new light. Who would have guessed that the right wing version of transparency in government would mean transparent and misleading statements?

    September 13, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  18. n

    Romney should just stop in his tracks. The more he talks, the more people walk . . . . Away!

    September 13, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  19. Khaleeshi

    This ad should have a picture of Romney – the tax cheat.

    September 13, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  20. California Gary

    If it's true that China is "beating" us, they are doing it with the jobs that Mitt and his friends sent to them.

    September 13, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  21. mactsr

    Release your tax returns Willard. The people have a right to know if you even pay taxes.

    September 13, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    Mittens: "I are so angree! I has chest to thump!!! Label them a currency manipulator and instigate the sanctions that causes so we can damage good will between our nations and

    Obama: "Hey, Tantrumpants, I've already decreased the undervaluation of China's currency by over 20% without having to use drastic measures, it continues to go down and there's only about 7% left to go."

    Fact: The only tool that Mittens and the GOP/Teatrolls have is a hammer, so to them everything looks like a nail. Or, to put it another way, they believe "what's the use of having a gun if you don't shoot it?" At least, Obama is playing with a full tool box and knows what a holster is for.

    September 13, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  23. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Got money in that country too, Mitt? Or did you just send jobs over there... Show us your taxes, Mr Amnesty!!

    September 13, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    oops, edit hehe...forgot to finish a sentence

    Mittens: "I are so angree! I has chest to thump!!! Label them a currency manipulator and instigate the sanctions that causes so we can damage good will between our nations and likely provoke trade retaliation from China!!!!"

    Obama: "Hey, Tantrumpants, I've already decreased the undervaluation of China's currency by over 20% without having to use drastic measures, it continues to go down and there's only about 7% left to go."

    Fact: The only tool that Mittens and the GOP/Teatrolls have is a hammer, so to them everything looks like a nail. Or, to put it another way, they believe "what's the use of having a gun if you don't shoot it?" At least, Obama is playing with a full tool box and knows what a holster is for.

    September 13, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  25. Luke,AZ

    After Romney's mis-steps at the Olympics and Israel and recent poorly timed,untrue statements concerning our embassies, I don't think Willard Romney should put out any ads about foreign policy. It makes him look ill prepared and un-suited for the task of managing our countries affairs.

    September 13, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
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