Romney, Republicans turn back outsourcing attacks on Obama
July 10th, 2012
10:53 AM ET
10 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. ThinkAgain

    @tibs: "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."

    American companies and wealthy individuals are enjoying the lowest tax rates in over 50 years. In 1958, the top marginal rate for the wealthy was 95% and our economy expanded; during the Clinton administration, taxes were higher and we enjoyed a boom.

    You go on to characterize employees as "employees expensive liabilities." Yes, those pesky laws regarding 40-hour work weeks, child labor, workplace safety, etc. are just too good for the average person who really deserves to be treated no better than a farm animal.

    If you want to be unburdened by government and regulation and experience firsthand the joys of employees who are not expensive liabilities, then move to China or India or Somalia and knock yourself out!

    July 10, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  2. Harry From Pa

    Sorry GOP, not going to work, RMoney is an outsourcer and chief, everyone knows it. If you have nothing to fear, show the taxes. If he can't do this than how can you trust this RMoney, for something soooooo simple, he can't even do that right, maybe he will Flipflop a couple more times.

    July 10, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    To all you defenders of outsourcing and the negative effect it has had on our economy, time to stop thumping your chests and shouting "USA! USA! USA!" because the fact is, you'd rather take the easy way out and sell our country down the river than do the hard work to revitalize our economy and our country here at home.

    July 10, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  4. Matt

    the gop, lying to get people to vote against there better interest sense 1920. look at all the programs most Americans hold dear. social security,medicare, all fought against tooth and nail by the gop. I to this day have not seen our heard about a single program from the gop that helps the middle class. they keep trying to sell reaganomics, and call it something else, but that has been proven to not work it just got people like etch a sketch Romney laughing all the Swiss bank. if your familys income is less then 200000. a vote for any gop member is kicking yourself in the balls.

    July 10, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  5. linda

    Funny thing...the CEO of Bain is one of Obama's biggest financial supporters...never mind the gazillion promises Obama made that he never kept...keep dreaming..perhaps he'll get to it IF he is re-elected..If my boss drops my insurance..I'll get myself fired and live like the rest of the losers living off everyone else who works...Why should people bust their asses working when they can get it for free, right? I'm sure that will catch on quick..then lets see where that gets us...

    July 10, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  6. William Zimmerman

    Both Obama and Romney camps are distorting the truth. I gotta be fair on this point. Still voting for Obama and proud to say it.

    July 10, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  7. Myviewis

    Notice how clever of Democrats to ignore Obama reaching out to Diana Farrell of McKinsey & Co, the company that guides and helps American companies in outsourcing jobs. The woman who writes endlessly of the good outsourcing is for our country, how we benefit from it as well as the foreign country. Notice how clever to sidetrack the conversation about Hillary Clinton speaking of how good Pepsi and Frito Lay outsource. Seriously, Democrats really think the public is buying their attacks on outsourcing???

    July 10, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  8. Pat

    If Romney likes to keep his money overseas, why in the world would we believe he would want to not let jobs go overseas. The man is only interested in himself and his friends. He wasn't so great in MA, why would he do any better in a more responsible position. I cannot see him being very credible to foreign heads of state, etc. He is not even smart enough to have an opinion of his own and he sure was not smart enough to have a good campaign staff.

    July 10, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  9. Core republican Values

    How much were you paid to ship all our jobs to China, Mitt, you hypocrite?

    July 10, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  10. Peace

    Romney needs a really huge reshuffle of his campaign. This is not the way campaigns are run in order to acquire achievement. There are a lot of shortfalls!

    July 10, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
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