'Hypocrisy' is ripe: New Obama web video, Romney pushback
September 26th, 2012
11:52 AM ET
6 years ago

'Hypocrisy' is ripe: New Obama web video, Romney pushback

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's campaign is calling GOP nominee Mitt Romney a hypocrite when it comes to China in a new web video released Wednesday. And the Romney campaign is pushing back with their own charges of hypocrisy.

The narrator in the video says while the Republican candidate talks tough on China for "stealing American ideas and technology" on the campaign stump, in the past Romney did not hesitate to make money off Chinese companies.

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"Romney invested in China's version of YouTube–a haven for stealing American videos," says the narrator in the 30-second video. "Romney's even invested in a Chinese electronics company being sued by Microsoft for pirating its software."

The video concludes: "If Romney really wanted China to stop stealing why would he send them his money?"

Romney, in turn, has attacked the president for failing to take a tougher stance on the country for questionable trade practices labeling China as a "currency manipulator" and promising to hit the country's exports to the United States with tariffs.

The Obama administration filed a trade complaint on September 17 with the World Trade Organization against China claiming the country has illegally subsidized automotive exports and undercut American suppliers.

The Romney campaign said the timing of the administration's filing the case proves campaign season political motivations calling the complaint "too little, too late."

"Mitt Romney will not take hypocritical attacks from a President who promised to take China to the mat for its unfair trade practices and wound up being China's doormat, at the expense of American workers," said Romney campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg in response to the web video. "President Obama has refused to call China a currency manipulator, while the actions he touts have failed, expired, or been described as mere 'peanuts' by trade analysts. Only one candidate in this race will end China's cheating on trade and that's Mitt Romney."

Both candidates are campaigning in the crucial battleground state of Ohio Wednesday. A CNN Poll of Polls, an average of four Ohio polls of likely voters conducted over the last two weeks, shows Obama with an advantage over Romney 51%-44% among likely voters in the state.

Filed under: 2012 • China • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (46 Responses)

    CNOOC ring any bells Willard?

    September 26, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  2. Randy, San Francisco

    The American voter should ask Romney about taking a tougher stance on his off shore tax shelters in the Cayman Islands.

    September 26, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  3. You People Aint Seeing Our Tax Returns

    "If you don't run Chris Christie, Romney will be the nominee and we'll lose." – Ann Coulter (Fox News/GOP Strategist).

    September 26, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  4. myviewis

    And why didn't Obama get this done against China on his 1st, 2nd, 3rd year of his administration??? Why did Obama wait to get something done now that his in an election year????? Because Romney brought it up and Obama as always does everything in the name of Marketing gimmick.........

    Obviously Obama filed the trade complaint now because he realizes he had failed to do so and the complaint was needed, so Romney is correct and Obama ran to do what Romney said.

    "The Obama administration filed a trade complaint on September 17 with the World Trade Organization against China claiming the country has illegally subsidized automotive exports and undercut American suppliers.

    September 26, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  5. Yanni

    Good use of my money. I am going to reward with additional resource to team Obama this afternoon.

    September 26, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |

    Mr. Romney you are lies just don't stop! How can you live with yourself and call yourself a good Mormon? You are such a disappointment.

    September 26, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  7. jefflz

    The American electorate is generally a bit right of center on most issues. However, the GOP has been co-opted by the extreme right Tea Party faction. They have pushed Romney to select Ryan with his draconian budget proposal including the destruction of Medicare. Throw in Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock for good measure and the drive to take this country to the hard right is running into serious resistance. Like it or not the American electorate is heavily buffered against extreme change, left or right, and the Republican Party is feeling the backlash against their efforts to push this country toward the Tea Party brand of corporate fascism with Romney at the helm. Despite the best efforts of the Koch Brothers and Karl Rove, with the help of the Robert's Court Majority, Fox News, Limbaugh, Palin, Hannity, the centrist majority is rejecting the extremism that the GOP now embodies.

    September 26, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. rs

    As a former Republicans, what I always appreciated about real-live GOP candidates of the past (1970s and 80s) is that they HAD opinions, they had alternative ideas and policies-especially fiscal ones, and ignoring political hyperbole, they spoke the truth not only about their positions, but Democrats as well. These were elections around big ideas, and clear choices.
    That Mr. Romney has chosen to run a perfectly abysmal candidacy, and has offered not only no concrete policies or positions, he instead insults us with platitudes and lies-lots and lots of them.
    His choice.
    However, he reaffirms my allegiance to the President for now, and until Mr. Romney and the GOP change their ways, my desire to avoid Republicans now is like I would to avoid the plague. The Republicans have ceased being the "adults in the room", and have ceased being not only viable alternatives to the Democrats, but even to just being simply credible politicians. They seek nothing higher than being lapdogs to the plutocratic class- ingoring the rest of us for their own gain. The other stuff- well, they have become radicalized fools pushing Creationism, and stupidly simplistic solutions to our most important and complex problems. They ARE killing their party.
    Their choice.
    However, by their ineptitude, stupidity, and utter selfishness, they are fundamentally damaging our two-party democracy. They are forcing a one-party solution because they are incompetant. For that, I cannot forgive them.

    September 26, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. sonny chapman

    Hmmm, who should I believe? The guy that oozes with diplomacy & concern for the Middle Class or the Bain Capital Vulture ?

    September 26, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  10. tykl

    Obama is the ultimate snake charmer. Obama just doesn't get much of anything. There is a difference between being a private citizen working within the parameters of the law and being the President and being able to change law. All of the nauseatingly self-righteous hypocrites on the Left should take a quick look at their investments and see if ANY of their funds deal with China (and if they do, which they most likely do, then please spare me the outrage of doing business with China) – that is what Romney did (he was using private money – pensions of people in the public sector). Same reason why Romney took tax deductions – JUST LIKE Obama. Obama is useless as a leader. If he thinks rich people like himself, he is a 1%er, should pay more, then the tax returns he just submitted should show no deductions but should show him paying his full tax rate -which he didn't. The difference is Obama is not a private citizen and can change tax laws so he should since he has the power. And please give me the Republican Congress excuse (the majority of time in office, he had a Dem house and senate) – if he is unable to lead when there is an opposition party, then maybe he should go back to community organizing.

    September 26, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  11. Ann

    The narrator in the video says while the Republican candidate talks tough on China for "stealing American ideas and technology" on the campaign stump, in the past Romney did not hesitate to make money off Chinese companies.


    Making money is what a good businessman does. Better making money off Chinese companies than borrowing money from the Chinese.

    September 26, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  12. jim

    What I hear Romney saying is; "Oh yeah, well if my investing in China was so bad why didn't you stop me?"

    September 26, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  13. billy davis

    Wow Romney and Trump are alike. They talk trash about China yet they invest heavily in Chinese Companies. What a bunch of lying hot air balloons,

    September 26, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. Angela

    To tyki,

    Please know that the legislature makes laws. Not the POTUS.

    September 26, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  15. Joey


    If you read on it, you would know that it was an on going INVESTIGATION, hopefully you know that to investigate is to gather EVIDENCE! so the timing don't matter, if it was Mitt the Twitt he be blameing and losing, same as this election he's running!

    September 26, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  16. demwit

    America is doing just fine. We don't need a successful businessman to save us., we have Obama and his 4 yr old budget.

    September 26, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  17. Chicago

    Household incomes are now down 8.2% under Obama. 3 million more people are in poverty. The number of people in the labor force has decreased by a half million in the last several months alone. And Obama wants us to vote for him? Those of you thinking of voting for him should really be asking yourself why.

    September 26, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  18. mcskadittle

    so mitt is attacking Obama for allowing him to do something wrong?

    September 26, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. mcskadittle

    I thought republicans are against regulations, he wants government to restrict american companies investment in china?

    September 26, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  20. Pam from Iowa

    "Making money is what a good businessman does" True! But making jobs is NOT part of that agenda!
    In Romney's world, all is good as long as there is a profit. He could care less if there are jobs. His actions have proven that!

    September 26, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  21. Woman In California

    Willard is a disgrace and those of you who continue to blame CNN for biased coverage go right ahead, but the facts are the facts and there's nothing you can do to change that. Given the chance, he would do it again in a heartbeat (as he has openly admitted, money is everything).

    There is no way I would ever trust this guy with the business of the United States and I'm glad people are waking up to that reality.
    Obama/Biden 2012

    September 26, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  22. Sam

    Obama beat me to it..I was thinking exactly the same thing myself that Romney is a hypocrite among other things.

    September 26, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  23. Ray E. (Georgia)

    So Obama is calling Romney a Hypocrate.. Well if that is so it means Romney has some intellegence, Read that Brains. On the other hand we have Obama saying, The Private Sector is doing fine, You didn't build That, and we can't Change Washington from the inside. Either Omama is intellegent or he has no clue. Which is it?

    September 26, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  24. Joe

    Wonder if Americans realize that if Romney hits China with tarriffs, two things will happen.
    1) The price of everything at Wal Mart will go up. As if lower and middle class Americas budgets aren't tight enough already.
    2) Many thousands of export jobs will be lost when China institutes retaliatory tariffs because America ships almost as much to China as they ship to us.
    Either Romney doesn't realize this, or he doesn't care. Either way, this guy doesn't belong in the Oval Office.

    September 26, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  25. Core republican Values

    The wheels have completely come off the Romney campaign. Romney is worthless.

    September 26, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
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