Romney takes on outsourcing claim
July 10th, 2012
03:03 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney takes on outsourcing claim

Grand Junction, Colorado (CNN) - Mitt Romney challenged Democratic claims that the private equity firm he once headed had actively advised companies to outsource jobs, and turned the criticism back on President Barack Obama calling him the "outsourcer in chief" Tuesday.

Speaking before an energetic crowd in friendly territory of Mesa County, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee addressed negative attacks in ads about his corporate background in his opening remarks, rather than wait for a question to be asked during the question and answer portion of the town hall.

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"If there's an outsourcer in chief, it's the president of the United States, not the guy who's running to replace him," Romney said to thunderous applause in a packed high school gym.

Romney joins Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus in blasting 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."

Both lines of attack correlate with separate Washington Post articles. Last month, the Post published a story outlining what it said was a record of Romney being a "pioneer" in outsourcing while at Bain Capital, the firm he helped start. The Democrats have used the report as fodder for a week's worth of criticism of Romney.

Meanwhile, a Washington Post report from Tuesday, details unfulfilled Obama promises to overhaul the tax code to discourage companies from moving jobs overseas. This is the report Romney and the RNC are now leveraging against Obama.

Colorado, a crucial swing state that Obama won by nine points in 2008, has become a hotbed for political ads with both parties having spent nearly $9 million in the state alone. Romney addressed the ads that go after the outsourcing claim and criticize Romney for putting money in offshore accounts.

Romney referred to a fact-check group that found the claims in the ad to be false and misleading.

"It is interesting that when it comes to outsourcing, that this president has been outsourcing a good deal of American jobs himself," Romney said.

Prior to the town hall, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers told reporters Romney needs to stay on message on the economy and not get wrapped up in attacks about his personal finances.

"These folks don't care about the Cayman Islands investments," Suthers said. "They care about their own jobs, their own lives, and they're hurting and there's no question about it."

Filed under: 2012 • Bain Capital • Colorado • Mitt Romney
soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. Patrick from Minnesota

    Mitt Etch-a-Sketch Romney sure can talk, but he can't back it up for crap. This guy is toast for the debates!

    July 10, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  2. David in FL

    cali ha ha
    Protest all romney events in until he shows them all. Independents unite against this bozo. Not tax returns equals no vote.

    July 10, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |

    please run for elect office sometime and let me know will you? I'd love to move to your state and "help" you out by requesting the same... pretty sure you'd release only what the law told you...

    July 10, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  3. Peace

    Romney has been touting that he knows how to create jobs. He said jobs come and go! Where do they go Mr. severely conservative if not overseas?

    July 10, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  4. Debby

    WEll jobs get outsouced because companies don't want to pay higher wages here it has nothing to do with Obama or Romney. Its the companies themselves that send their product overseas because of cheap labor and they get more bang out of their buck when they sell their product here. Bill Clinton was the big culprit in that with NAFTA while in office.

    July 10, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  5. Four and The Door

    Romney has been touting that he knows how to create jobs. He said jobs come and go! Where do they go Mr. severely conservative if not overseas?
    Peace, do you really believe every job lasts forever? Really? So every product for every company in every market stays exactly the same forever? You must belong to a union.

    July 10, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "Nuh uh, YOU'RE as poopyhead, not me."

    At this opint, I'm almost positive Mittens wet the bed into his teens. The Prince of Projection strikes again.

    July 10, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "It sounds more like you are talking about Obama than anything. Tons of promises from a very eloquent speaker, backed by the same talking points that liberals have been using for decades. The huge protests against the war suddenly stopped, yet we are still in Iraq and Afghanistan. When Bush was in office, liberals railed against the horrendous 4.2% unemployment, saying it was a catastrophe, yet they love 8% and higher under Obama. What a bunch of phoneys, and you talk about flip flopping? The Democrats have that cornered!"

    Thank you for that wonderful episode of "History Rewrite Theatre." What's in the next episode?

    July 10, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  8. RobinSInSC

    As a corporate honcho, Romney single-handedly made the decisions resulting in outsourcing of jobs. As POTUS, Obama has to fight with Congress to pass legislation that would encourage businesses to keep jobs in the US. Apples and oranges.

    July 10, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  9. You are Blaming Clinton for NAFTA

    Dear Debby: Really? You are blaming Clinton for NAFTA? You might want to clue in to the facts about NAFTA, it was created by the GOP. Following diplomatic negotiations dating back to 1986 among the the United States, Mexico, and Canada, the leaders met in San Antonio, Texas, on December 17, 1992, to sign NAFTA. U.S. President George H. W. Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Mexican President Carlos Salinas, each responsible for spearheading and promoting the agreement, ceremonially signed it.

    Clinton did not try to kill NAFTA like the Republicans are trying to kill the ACA healthcare bill, so now NAFTA is all Clinton's fault for not killing?

    Note to self: If the GOP does not kill the ACA and healthcare bill, then they own it and it's their idea.

    I mean Really!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 10, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  10. American

    Romney's Bain vulture capitalists were quote "pioneers" in outsourcing American jobs overseas.

    President Obama wants to close loopholes to bring jobs back to America.

    July 10, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  11. Obamacare = Obama cares about the young, elderly, poor and disabled. Romneycare = "I don't care about the poor"! Repeal? Replace? With What

    I see from the photo, Mittens has security in tow to prevent questions from the press.

    July 10, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  12. Obama 2012 - MOVE Forward America, NOT another round of DUBYA's FAILURES

    @Steve- Illinois – "The private sector is doing fine!" Barack Obama... Anybody this clueless needs to be unemployed!
    Well, my section of the private sector is doing fine.. I've hired 8 people so far this year, and plan to hire more. People are buying homes (housing starts are up), cars (there's some great deals to be had) and other durable goods. If the private sector wasn't doing fine, none of that would be happening. Job creators DO NOT hire because the Fed reduced taxes. They hire because there's a need for increase output.. output generated by demand, demand created by cash flow. It's simple economics and yes, a large chunk of the private sector is doing fine.

    July 10, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
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