RNC launches second day of 'outsourcing' front against Obama
July 11th, 2012
08:19 AM ET
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RNC launches second day of 'outsourcing' front against Obama

Washington (CNN) - For a second straight day, the Republican National Committee is going after President Barack Obama for being what they call the "Outsourcer-In-Chief"

A web video released Wednesday by the RNC highlights what they describe as "President Obama's record of outsourcing taxpayer dollars to create jobs overseas."

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"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," said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, in a statement. "Through his 'stimulus' program billions of dollars from hard-working taxpayers were sent overseas. "

Priebus was in Iowa Tuesday to carry his outsourcing message in advance of the president's campaign trip to the important battleground state. And the same day, the RNC launched a new website, called Obamanomicsoutsourced.com, to highlight their criticism of Obama.

The new video uses clips from various network reports that highlight examples of the president's federal stimulus program creating jobs overseas.

While Priebus was in Iowa Tuesday, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney was campaigning in Colorado and also going after Obama over outsourcing.

"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 at a campaign event in Grand Junction.

The arguments from Romney and the RNC come as a Washington Post report from Tuesday detailed what they call unfulfilled promises by the president to overhaul the tax code to discourage companies from moving jobs overseas.

Responding to the criticism, the president's campaign said Obama has "fought continuously" to end tax cuts for companies that outsource, pointing to 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.

The president's re-election campaign, as well as a pro-Obama independent group, have gone up with TV ads the past month that attack Romney for outsourcing. The non-partisan website FactCheck.org said that "some of the claims in the ads are untrue, and others are thinly supported," which sparked a war of words between the campaign and FactCheck.org.

- CNN's Gregory Wallace contributed to this report.

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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Guest

    This is a very odd strategy. Given Romney's own record on this, I'd think that they would consider the word "outsourcing" to be taboo and would quickly silence any mention of it.

    July 11, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  2. CBR

    Isn't this amazing? The republicans who have sat on tlheir hands in Congress, who have tried to derail every idea put forth by the President and members of Congress, who support making huge cuts in government spending aimed at those in the middle class and those struggling to eke out a living.

    Let;s be poerfectly straight: If you don ot do anything to help you are part of the problem. Sen. McConnell and Rep. Boerner are the leaders and then we have the members of Congress who do not support anu ideas put forth by Democrats but who are spending taxpayer money on these investigations which are marginal at best. Why are we allowing this to happen? We all need to say "NO!"

    July 11, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  3. myron8160

    Repeat dont drink rush tea it will make you looney you been Warn

    July 11, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  4. Ancient Texan

    The president's own handpicked chairman of job creation, Jeffrey Emelt, closed GE plants in the US (after being picked) and sent them to China. Outsourcing, also known as expansion, is a way of life in the new "global economy".

    July 11, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  5. Donkey Party

    So, let's get this straight. President Obama extended the Bush tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans, you know, the "job creators", because the GOP begged for them, and they still sent jobs overseas. Willard Romney and the RNC want to make the tax cut permanent for the wealthy, or reduce or eliminate the taxes all together. Based on that measure, Romney and the RNC would be responsible for even MORE jobs being outsourced. Romney was 47th in the country in job creation while he was governor of MA. And people are actually stupid enough to vote for this clown, this puppet of the wealthy, thinking their own lives are going to change for the better??? Are you GOP voters really that ignorant? It's like handing a loaded weapon to children. You right-wingers are pathetic.

    July 11, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  6. Mark L.

    "A web video released Wednesday by the RNC highlights what they describe as President Obama's record of outsourcing taxpayer dollars to create jobs overseas."...LMAO !!! This truly makes me laugh...The GOP / radical Tea Party will do everything in their power to make President Obama look bad. President Obama has created more jobs right here at home in the past 3.5 years than GW Bush did in his eight-year tenure. And you want to talk about shipping jobs overseas?? Better talk to Mitt Romney. He really knows something about creating jobs, especially in India, China, Vietnam, etc., while at the same time giving corporation tax breaks for shipping these American jobs overseas.

    Come on people, wake up already !!!! Thanks to President Obama saving the auto-industry, hundreds-of-thousands of jobs have been spared right here in the USA. If it were up to the GOP, today's unemployment rate would have been 15% or higher !!!!

    July 11, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  7. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    In 2005 lou dobbs said on this very network..."The ultimate message in outsourcing is this: America be damned. It's all about the lowest cost," "I can't accept that statement. Nor will I, whether it comes from a lawmaker, a politician or a businessman or woman. The pain that's being exacted on our middle class from so many quarters is intolerable."
    Why is it news now? It's been happening for years, all part of the "trickle down" shceme given to us by the republicanrts back in the 80's.

    July 11, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  8. tee27

    LOL ! they call Obama a outsourcer this is crazy Mitt has come out and said he has a blind trust accounts over in the cayman islands has shipped Jobs to china and refused to show his past tax retuns from 1998-2010. The bottom line is Mitt is the outsourcer and did not pay is past taxes. Oh i forgot he also has a swiss bank account to with $250 million in it.

    July 11, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  9. don

    Jobs are #1 on the mind of the GOP??? Thats why they are debaring health care in congress. Get real
    Anyone know what Mitt believes???????

    July 11, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  10. Shipshapesheep

    The end of this great nation will not come from war, famine or disease. It will be brought on by two political parties hell bent on winning at all costs. Wake up people, the only answer to save America is to unite, not divide. If you believe that there is a difference between theese two men you are part of the problem. One loads up money from big business, the other unions, they both spend billions on campaigns when American children go hungry. They both feed billions into the anti-American UN which will stop at nothing to bring us down a peg. They both take kickbacks and donations to be repaid in the future with political appointments. They both bend their views to fit in to their respective parties mold. The point is this is all one big game, with the winners being the politicians (both sides) and the losers being the American people.

    July 11, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  11. Governor 47th in Job Creation (excluding jobs off-shored to China)

    Excellent job MeToo Romney - keep the outsourcing talk front and center as people realize that Bain and you personally made millions off of it.
    Projection is the sign of defeat. This will be a blowout in November.

    July 11, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  12. Obama 2012 - MOVE Forward America, NOT another round of DUBYA's FAILURES

    Why is it that the Grand Obstructionist Party and their presumed candidate cannot come up with something original ?????
    They're behaving like 4 yr olds on the playground. You're the outsourcer.... No! you are!. No! you are!....
    I mean grow up Repugs! We KNOW that every attempt that the POTUS has made to rectify the incredible economic mess that Dubya and Co. left us with in 2008 has been blocked, filibustered and whined about by the GOBP. We KNOW what Obama will try to continue doing for the next 4 yrs... What EXACTLY is the platform that the Teapugs are running on? I'm still waiting to hear a SINGLE constructive thing they plan to do – other than repeal their own healthcare plan (ACA). But we've been hearing that drivel for years already!!
    They don't HAVE a platform other than being AGAINST ANYTHING Obama says or does.

    July 11, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  13. josephine

    Talk about outsourcing, how about Obama's federal money went to Fisker Auto and that is being made in Finland ,that is tax payers money. Romney has investments all over the world but it is his money not tax payers money.

    July 11, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  14. Mary

    Mitt Romney has personally profited from investments in companies that were 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.

    July 11, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  15. enuff

    I really wish the republicans would come up with something other than their tired phrases such as (insert name)-in-chief and "failed". Surely there is one person in their rank that can say something different. They remind me of a group of 6 year olds on a school yard yelling the same stuff over and over because they don't know any better. Also, if any stimulus went outside the country,it's because the wealthy benefitted and put it in their swiss bank accounts. Otherwise, remember the bank bailouts started with Bush anf an American company was saved (GM)

    July 11, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  16. Sniffit

    I know you are but what am I?


    ""Through his 'stimulus' program billions of dollars from hard-working taxpayers were sent overseas. ""

    CAN I GET A FACTCHECK OR WHAT? That sounds like a ripe lie based on knowing what was in the stimulus package. Anyone out there in MSM want to DO YOUR FRICKING JOB?

    July 11, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
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