Romney, Republicans turn back outsourcing attacks on Obama
July 10th, 2012
10:53 AM ET
11 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. Governor 47th in Job Creation (excluding jobs off-shored to China)

    Project much? Guilty conscience must be getting to Willard. Sorry, Willard - that line won't work.
    Willard, release your tax returns for the last 12 years like your dad did. McCain must've freaked out when he vetted you, I think we all know you're hiding some dirt. Bain is your bane, but the cover up is always worse than the crime. Things are probably legal in those returns, just unseemly.
    Let's see the Bain books, too.

    July 10, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  2. Balls McGhee

    nice comeback, Team Romney. Is that the best you could think of?

    July 10, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  3. mcskadittle


    July 10, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  4. Dean

    Obama's chief advisor on job creation, Jeffery Immelt< told his corporation (General Electric) that their future is in China.
    BEIJING – GE Healthcare, a maker of diagnostic imaging equipment, said Monday it is moving its X-ray global headquarters from the United States to Beijing as it seeks to tap China and other emerging markets.

    The General Electric Co. unit is the first business of the industrial and financial giant to relocate to China.

    Anne LeGrand, vice president and general manager of GE Healthcare Global X-Ray, told a news conference that the decision to move from Waukesha, Wis., was made two years ago and will be completed by early fall.

    She said "there is certainly the opportunity" to move other GE Healthcare units to China, but that is "something that we will continue to evaluate."

    And Obama looks to this man to create jobs???????

    July 10, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  5. Dave

    We know the GOP can't come up with any ideas or solutions. Now it seems they can't even come up with their own attack lines...

    July 10, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  6. Out Of Touch with reality

    and from the most transparent government administration too, NOT! once again obama trys to cover up how much his administration lies and corrupts the system, obama show us your records, college, passport, social security card, draft card and even your citizenship papers, why not obama, be transparent yourself.

    July 10, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  7. Kate

    Mitt Mitt Mitt.......

    July 10, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  8. Mack

    What a coward. Be a man and just own up to your outsourcing/offshoring record. I'm sure he was gloating about all the money he was making as a result of the practice at the time.
    Romney: we put profit above people

    July 10, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  9. If You Can't Beat 'Em, Repeat 'Em

    Nice try Reinhold, but do you and the GOP and the Tea Party have any original ideas you'd like to share with the rest of us? How long did it take you to think of that idea of Outsourcer-in-Chief? I think the Obama campaign is outsmarting you; that's the only explanation that you continually keep mirroring and pilfering the Obama campaign. What is really funny is that you guys are just too short-sighted to realize just how clueless you actually look. You need to try to focus in to the fact that American voters are not as stupid as you think. Your press releases with all the redundant little quotes can't disguise the fact that they have the upper hand here: They lead; you follow. Do you seriously just plan to keep outsoucing the ideas of the Obama campaign? Truly sad but not totally unexpected, really, from the GOP campaign Thief-in-Chief.

    July 10, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  10. Darryl

    The Republicans are desperate and runnung out of time. They will say anything to make people believe them. The lies and misguided B/S is exactly that. President Obama will fight and continue to work for the middle class and everyone else to make sure we the people have a better life. The republicans are just mad because they didn't get the Health Care with their name attached to it.Not to mention a Black President has done something Historical for the American people. And yes, Race is part of the equasion wheather they want to admit it or not. They have stopped absolutely everything in Congress for 3 1/2 years ( JOBS ) ect because they vowed to make him a 1 term President. It's NOT going to work now matter what they do period.

    July 10, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  11. Sniffit

    Article: "it emphasizes that the trend is "business as usual" and points to similar rates between 2004 and 2010."

    Deputy Doublethink response: "President Obama's policies have encouraged American jobs to move overseas and he's sent taxpayer dollars to foreign-owned companies,"

    Move along logical disconnect or cognitive dissonance to see here...nope...not at all.....

    July 10, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  12. Sniffit

    "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.""

    The best way to make sure the GOP/Teatrolls block something and prevent it from happening is for a Dem POTUS to promise it.

    July 10, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  13. Name

    I wish Romney had the chance right after bush to run the country I bet we all would now be looking like a deer ready to run out in front of a car now

    July 10, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |

    Willard will outsource Congress if he can profit from it. SCOTUS has sold America out and Willard will sell us out as well.

    July 10, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  15. Romney Outsource America Jobs

    Romney is the biggest lier..Now they want to say Obama create jobs overseas. Obama bought jobs back to our country.
    Romney you can do better want you just show your taxes.

    July 10, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  16. JustAO

    When Romney loses by double-digits, I hope he takes the GOPs in congress with him so we can once again be a nation racing to the top.

    July 10, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  17. str8Vision

    Free trade agreements allowed corporate America to relocate millions upon millions of good paying jobs overseas exploiting slave/forced labor and non-existent environmental laws while leaving minimum wage jobs here in the wake. A profit windfall for our wealthiest, but a death blow to those who must "work" for a living hence the high unemployment rate and even higher working "poverty" rate. Both political parties signed off on the trade agreements proving all politicians are owned by corporate America. The supreme court even granted corporations the legal status of being "people" in order to allow unrestricted bribery of our politicians to continue. America's youth and future generations will suffer the full repercussions so better get the guest room cleaned up they're going to need it.

    July 10, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  18. Fred

    Ironically the outsourcer-in-chief is calling Romney an oursourcer...

    The RNC pointed to money that went to Fisker Automotive, which is producing a luxury electric sports car in Finland., though, says that while the firm got a $169 million federal loan guarantee, the loan money itself was spent in the U.S.

    In Mexico, the new site notes solar firm SunPower is having some solar panels for its stimulus-backed solar facility manufactured at a plant in Mexico. According to, though, that company will be getting most of its solar panels from a California plant.

    July 10, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |

    If Willard is elected, he'll be the Tax Evader-In-Chief.

    July 10, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  20. Common Cents

    Ah yes, the "I know you are, but what am I" defense from the Romney campaign. This man has no ideas and no clue what he's doing. He's done this on several occasions. He can't offer a plan, or even creative attacks on the President, only the old and tired ones. Soon he'll be dusting off the "show us your grades" attack. If Romney can't even come up with a new, effective plan for campaigning, how can he come up with one for the country?

    July 10, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  21. 100 % ETHIO

    Ouch, we get used to, this kinds of entertainments, since the last several Centuries. Keep lying to get into the WH, then different stories. Non of the campaign promises has never been mentioned.

    Romney, stop fooling yourself. You know it.

    If Romney want to be elected, he must signed what he is going to do, if elected. His signature must show that, if he is not upto he promised, he will get heavy fine.

    July 10, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  22. Rae

    Yah, I give them a gold star for trying though lol

    July 10, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  23. oh ooooo! Oooops!

    Fetching much Romney?

    I never thought I'd see the day that GOP would agree with the LEFT – WING Unionized Dems on outsourcing. This ought to play over well with the Tea Party.

    But, you can bet $10,000 that this is the debate Obama wants to be having right about now. LOL...

    July 10, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  24. lacks originality void of substance

    The republican party is done. Children has taken over the republican leadership. "I know you are but what am I" Mind set. Unbelievable?

    July 10, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  25. American

    Romney & his affiliates refuse to close loopholes that send American jobs overseas.

    The president wants to close these loopholes & bring jobs back to America.

    President Obama 2012

    July 10, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
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