Ryan: China treats Obama like a 'doormat'
August 16th, 2012
12:38 PM ET
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Ryan: China treats Obama like a 'doormat'

North Canton, Ohio (CNN) – Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan said China was treating President Barack Obama "like a doormat" because he's not going after them for unfair trade policies.

"They steal our intellectual property right. They block access to their markets. They manipulate their currency," Ryan said Thursday. "President Obama promised he would stop these promises. He said he'd go to the mat with China. Instead they're treating him like a doormat."

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During a rally in Ohio, Ryan said when it comes to trade, unlike the Obama administration, he and Mitt Romney would "crackdown on China cheating."

"The more goods we manufacture the more food we grow and sell them overseas, the more good jobs we have here at home. Free trade is a powerful tool for peace and prosperity but our trading partners need to play by the rules," he said.

The House Budget Committee chairman, in his new role as running mate, has spent the last five days traveling to battleground states and pushing Romney's message of reviving the economy and bringing back jobs.

The Republican team has been touting their economic plan would create 12 million jobs in the next four years. Ryan broke down that number for Ohioans.

"It¹s a plan to create 12 million jobs in the next four years. That in Ohio means 452,000 jobs if we get this economy growing like it should, and we can get this economy growing like it should at four percent," Ryan said.

Obama's re-election team accused Ryan of engaging in "over-the-top" rhetoric. In a statement, Obama spokesperson Danny Kanner defended their candidate's record on China, pointing out the president has filed seven trade complaints against China, more than the Bush Administration.

Kanner also pointed to House Republicans' refusal to pass a bill that would penalize countries - including China - whose currency is now undervalued. The Democrat-controlled Senate passed the measure last year, but House Republicans were split on supporting the legislation. Most business groups oppose Congressional action, and top GOP leaders indicated they opposed moving any bill.

'[Romney's] running mate is following suit with over-the-top rhetoric after he voted to repeal help for American workers hurt by unfair trade practices and declined to take measures to crack down on China's currency practices," Kanner wrote.

He continued: "Today, Paul Ryan once again demonstrated that he's been co-opted by Mitt Romney after flip-flopping on his own record. A few years ago, Mitt Romney criticized President Obama for standing up to China to protect American tire workers, calling his actions 'decidedly bad for the nation and our workers.'"

CNN's Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.

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soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. Logic N LA

    If this is an actual quote, the guy can't put two sentences together. the first one he made an error. the second is a bad attempt at being funny.

    August 16, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. Amused

    Actually, when you look at all federal debt, the vast majority of it is owned by US citizens, who buy municipal, treasury, and other government bonds. That's what they were built for. If you're so worried about China owning the bonds, do what they do, buy them up!

    August 16, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. Fair is Fair

    "Boy Ryan, what is your foriegn policy experience?"
    It's on par with then Senator Barack Obama in 2008.

    August 16, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  4. Prosperid

    Again...Ryan's record is so hypocritical. In 2010, he VOTED against legislation that targeted China's currency manipulation. You GOP folks are lost.

    August 16, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. ptny

    Paul Ryan, you treat the USA like a door mat!

    August 16, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  6. Obama - Ending the American Dream as We Know It

    Mr. Moderate - So lets see, they have us lined up for a shooting war with Iran,
    You mean Obama and Biden right? You do know they have been moving aircraft and aircraft carriers into the region, right? You know they've been waging a cyber war against them right?

    August 16, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  7. Wake up People!

    At least it's China treating him like a doormat. Look how he has been treated by the GOP/baggers. He's been called every name in the book including muslim, socialist, marxist, anti-American, racist, Odumma, etc. President Obama is a very intelligent man, he knows anytime a rethug even attempts to say what he is doing wrong, he should continue.

    Thanks for the faux concern Richie Rich, Jr.

    OBAMA 2012!

    August 16, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  8. Montykoolaid

    Romneys plan for taking on China is actually brilliant.

    See, what company is going to outsource jobs for lower cost to China because they pay their employees $0.50/hr with no benefits and no safety standards WHEN THEY CAN JUST DO THAT HERE?

    He thinks what is dragging this country down is those damn workers demanding a "living wage" and "health benefits" and the assurance that you will not lose a limb at your job due to lack of safety standards. You realize by demanding that stuff the CEOs can only cut themselves bonus checks for a few million instead of MULTIMILLIONS?

    August 16, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  9. Obama - Ending the American Dream as We Know It

    Amused - Actually, when you look at all federal debt, the vast majority of it is owned by US citizens, who buy municipal, treasury, and other government bonds. That's what they were built for. If you're so worried about China owning the bonds, do what they do, buy them up!
    The reason the Chinese own them is because there isn't enough demand here for them.

    People need to realize that all that debt is nothing but FUTURE TAXES they will have to pay! It is the government using YOUR PAYCHECK, and your kids, and their kids paycheck as collateral to borrow against.

    Right now the kids and grand kids paychecks are looking PRETTY TAPPED OUT. I hope they can live off the little that the government doesn't take.

    August 16, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    Does he know the difference between Doormat and Diplomacy? NO

    Guess that's why I think he and Romney would have U.S.A. bullying every country on earth and starting (alone) WORLD WAR III AGAINST US.

    August 16, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  11. scott

    OF course they do, they know Obama is a spineless coward, and bows down to them. Besides Obama ships jobs over seas.

    August 16, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  12. GI Joe

    Will Mitt give all his Adelson Macau, Communist Chinese money back? Didn't think so. Boy that would surely show them.

    Doormat? NO Diplomatic? yES

    President Obama knows how NOT to start WW 3 with every country on earth against us.

    Mitt and his co-hort know how to start it.

    August 16, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  13. bb

    Here's the back story, we’re told that shortly after Crumb and Get It told Biden’s advance people 'no' - the secret service walked in and told Chris McMurray "Thanks for standing up and saying 'no' - then they bought a whole bunch of cookies and cupcakes.

    McMurray said he's hoping folks will understand he just didn't want to be part of a photo op for an administration whose policies he doesn’t agree with

    August 16, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  14. PJ

    Ryan & Co. aka, Congressional Republicans, are treating President Obama and the American people like door mats
    every day.

    August 16, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  15. Mark

    Ryan is choosing the wrong topic on which to attack Obama. Republicans ship american jobs to china, take china from bicycle riders to bankers to america reducing america to a second rate nation simply to enrich U.S. corporations, while impoverishing the average american citizen. Obama does not need to be tough on china, he needs to be tough on republican sellouts that shipped the jobs to china and leave U.S. with 8%+ unemployment rate. Romney needs to bring back all that money he has in Swiss/Cayman island accounts and use it to create jobs in america.

    August 16, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
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