Wind industry pulled in to candidates' debate on outsourcing
July 11th, 2012
09:24 PM ET
10 years ago

Wind industry pulled in to candidates' debate on outsourcing

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is attempting to flip attacks on his business record by accusing the Obama administration of shipping American jobs overseas, but experts in the industry he's singling out say the truth is more complicated.

"It's interesting when it comes to outsourcing, this president has been outsourcing a good deal of American jobs by putting money into energy companies that end up making their products outside the U.S.," Romney told an audience in Colorado on Tuesday. "If there's an outsourcer-in-chief, it's the president of the United States, not the guy running to replace him."


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  1. RNC is out of touch with Latinos, Women and Middle Class Americans

    Romney made millions outsourcing jobs to China and India, then move his profits offshore to avoid paying taxes. Romney is embarrass to show his tax returns and financial holdings. Romney's slogan You "Believe America" while I stash my cash in the Cayman's. What a joke!

    July 11, 2012 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  2. enuff

    Desperate people say desperate things.

    July 11, 2012 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  3. Pete

    Who's the president who traveled to Asia,South America and other continents to drum up buying products from the GOOD OLE U.S.A.,MADE IN AMERICA,globally ,it sure wasn't Bush or any of their republican hypocrites..They'd be scouting areas for starting new wars,that's their MO and republicans all have little black boxes with red buttons at home fantasizing about pushing the red button releasing the big boys on foriegn lands,that's cute isn't it,little boys with their toys,armchain generals,all these chicken hawk republicans!!Romneys the overseas job outsource king,200,000 jobs left the state while he was governor in Massachusetts,that's why unemployement went down,nice ha!!

    July 11, 2012 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  4. Republicans - "The Not Intended to Be Factually Accurate" Party

    This is the kind of dishonest yammering that American voters are tired of hearing from the GOP LIARS / EXAGGERATERS. This is hardly outsouring by the President. These wind turbines were ordered from an AmericanCompany, GE. the instalations & work associated with them are in the USA. Chalk this article up as yet another example of FALSe EQUIVILENCY by the media. Mr. Romney has been a DIRECT outsourcer. Mr. Obama – not so much.

    July 11, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  5. Thomas

    This goes back to the Reagan administration ! If we had listened to Carter we would be #1 in renewable energy.

    The Republicans have dismissed green energy technology until the end of the Bush administration, around the time Dick Chaney was regarded as non relevant . By that time some of the big energy companies started to get on board , after seeing Germany , China, , Japan expanding there market share . They produced a cheeper better product .

    Once again do to closed mindedness the USA dropped the ball. The same can be said about fuel efficient cars , the American Auto industry didn't take it seriously until overseas car makers were ahead in the game. The same cane be said about the war in Iraq , it put us behind in domestic restructure five years,. The money we spend could have paid for medical , Mental health and education . It also let the Chines and India advance at a more faster pace.

    No Mitt your wrong, and your closed minded , do nothing , let the market work it out approach is costly and wasteful.

    In other words , one needs more vision then short turn gain and share holder profits.
    We need stability and long turn vision to compete in the world market.
    So take another look at climate change and resources . A true leader thinks with an open mind and thinks past the quarterly reports !

    July 11, 2012 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  6. chuck weidemann

    So who puts up the wind mills....who maintains them? Do people come from China???? This industry wouldn't even be in existence if it were left to the oil drunk republicans. Who wants to promote more forms of alternative energy ,infrastructure up grades,....if they make a part for this in China so what? Americans build the wind farms here and we reap all the benefits....clean air ,clean energy,good paying jobs to maintain these systems...

    July 12, 2012 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  7. john

    mitt is big business . made billions cut up them . and resell them . to whom u ask ? like all american co to the cheap labor country . then turn around sell the product to u for same price . pocket huge profits . then avoid to pay their taxes . threw rich reps of our goverment give them tax lope holes . in exchange for billions dolar in pack and election donate . people need to wake up ! and say mitt go home to chima . as must be great their . as u send our job their . so go home . u no american !

    July 12, 2012 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  8. J.V.Hodgson

    Another multiple Pinnochio/ pants on fire comment from Romney and his surrogates. They have never will never support any alternative energy ideas because their masters big oil/ coal wont let them.
    Has anyone noticed Big oils counter to oil depletion is natural gas by fracking = a version of drill baby drill and they burn off gases when drilling oil wells ( why not find some way to capture and utilise?), or Ethanol from scarce agricultural crops forcing up the price of some foods like corn.
    By the way there was very recent data that showed Solar panels made in China had nevertheless created American installation Jobs, partly because the lower cost than those making solar panel in USA and thus making domestic installation of Chinese panels by us installers more cost effective VS other energy sources.
    America lags behind in the technology/ development of alternative energy and Obama cannot get Republicans to support the investment. That loss is what starts the loss of Jobs in an industry because our Technology is outdated and not cost effective. Europe and China spend Billions more in research/ technology development for Alternative energy than we do.... I really think we have lost both the technology battle and worse still commercial battle on Alternative energy already.
    Most Republicans do not believe that co2 emissions from oil or gas or coal are a major contributor to global warming or a cause of the higher levels of hurricames in the south east twisters in land, forest fires torrential rains and flash flooding, while the rest of the world does.
    They need to start thinking of the cost of these weather effects and the effect on the US economy and for long term benefit to invest hundreds of millions into long term alternative energy solutions and fund it with a carbon tax plus savings from less " natural weather' disasters driven by too high co2 emissions.

    July 12, 2012 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  9. Gurgyl

    Every one knows bain capital shipped jobs to china, India.

    July 12, 2012 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  10. Marie MD

    Frist of all the President, any president, wouldn't be the one to oursource jobs, bishop but what would you know if you are not the one making a profit of outsourcing American jobs, closing plants and bankrupting companies.


    July 12, 2012 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  11. Gurgyl

    Congress needs to pass JOB BILL, so that we can checkmate all the companies that ship jobs to India and china, phyllipenes etc. even call center jobs. Congress is worst than cult, worst than animals in rut, instead of passing jobs bill, they want to repeal needed law, healthcare. Only way we as a nation, cure this chronic does ease is remove all republican thugs from elections. Yes, on Obama12.

    July 12, 2012 06:39 am at 6:39 am |