Excerpts: Obama to talk trade enforcement against China in Ohio
September 17th, 2012
11:07 AM ET
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Excerpts: Obama to talk trade enforcement against China in Ohio

(CNN) – President Barack Obama, in a speech to grassroots supporters in Cincinnati, Ohio, Monday, will "talk about the U.S. Trade Representative's new trade enforcement case against China, and how it is part of the Administration's larger efforts to hold China accountable, stand up for American workers, and level the playing field for our manufacturers and businesses," according to a release from his campaign.

Read excerpts of the president's speech after the jump:

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"Now, I understand my opponent has been running around Ohio claiming he's going to roll up his sleeves and take the fight to China. But here's the thing: his experience has been owning companies that were called 'pioneers' in the business of outsourcing jobs to countries like China. Pioneers! Ohio, you can't stand up to China when all you've done is send them our jobs.

"You can talk a good game, or you can play one – and my experience has been waking up every single day doing everything I can to give American workers a fair shot in the global economy. When other countries don't play by the rules, we've done something about it. We've brought more trade cases against China in one term than the previous administration did in two – and we've won. When Governor Romney said stopping an unfair surge in Chinese tires would be bad for our workers, we did it anyway – and we got over 1,000 Americans back to work.

"Earlier this year, I set up a new task force to aggressively go after unfair trade practices that harm our workers – and it's already delivering. Two months ago, we moved to hold China accountable for unfair trade practices that harm American automakers. And today, my Administration is launching new action against China – this one against illegal subsidies that encourage companies to ship auto parts manufacturing jobs overseas. Those subsidies directly harm working men and women on the assembly line in Ohio and Michigan and across the Midwest. It's not right; it's against the rules; and we will not let it stand. American workers build better products than anyone. 'Made in America' means something. And when the playing field is level, America will always win."

Filed under: 2012 • China • Ohio • President Obama • Trade
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens does talk tough, but he has the spine of a jelly fish, so most people ignore him.

    September 17, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Outsourcing jobs to China, Swiss and Cayman Island accounts, shell Company in Bermuda, refusal to release tax returns, Blind Trust accounts and five (5) sons who are too good serve in our US military while Prince Harry and William voluntarily serve. Now why would I want to cast my vote for someone who doesn't "Invest in America" but has a logo on an aircraft saying "believe in America", I don't think so.

    September 17, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  3. Fair is Fair

    Perfect caption for that photo? "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain".

    September 17, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |

    Obama is a joke. I can hear the Chinese laughing from here...

    September 17, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  5. v_mag

    I call on all Republicans to step up and acknowledge George W. Bush. He was your guy for 8 years. Where is he now? Not at the convention. Not campaigning. Not on the talk shows. His name is never mentioned by your party leaders.

    Either defend his (indefensible) record or condemn him for the torturing traitor he is, but ACKNOWLEDGE HIM! Tell us why you voted for him and if you would vote for him again. Don't stick your head in the sand and vote for his clone Romney without dealing with the source of our economic problems: George W. Bush!

    Have some integrity. Clean up after yourselves. Own him or disown him. But deal with your legacy before you claim the right to foist another monster onto America.

    September 17, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. Time for Real Change!

    Claudia, Obama gave millions of dollars in 2009 to foreign companies or funded domestic companies that built factories in foreign countries. Obama also never served in the military, yet you think that Romney should force his children to serve in the military? Do you suddenly support the draft in peacetime? Your statements are nothing more than liberal talking points! What of Obama's promises that he's broken? What about Obama's lies? Liberals are so damned predictable. They will say and or do anything to protect their liberal quasi socialist agenda. Simply put, Obama has done a terrible job since in office, and all he can do deflect the blame. He can't even run against his own terrible record!

    September 17, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  7. RealityBites

    4 yrs of Obama's failed policies has America stuck in the worse recession in history.
    $6 TRILLION in debt spending in 4 yrs. That is Obama's dismal legacy..

    September 17, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  8. Indy

    It must hurt Romneys investment portfolio evertime Obama has cracked down on China,too bad Bush and the Republicans did nothing when it started and grew under their watch, kinda hard to unring the bell in China now that most American companies have an interest in China's manufacturing,it should have been regulated under the Bush regime but Republicans don't like regulation so it was left for Obama to clean up just like the deficit from two wars and part D

    September 17, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  9. Jan

    GOVERNING IS AN ONGOING JOB. There are always THINGS TO MAINTAIN, THINGS TO SET NEW, AND THINGS TO SET ANEW, as often work that has been accomplished becomes undone by counter governing. In the vast scope of the job of President for a 4 year term (possibly two of them), Romney's accusation of President Obama saving his fight against China as a campaign strategy is ridiculous as evident in the list of accomplishments the president has already won and plans to continue winning against China and other countries with unfair trade practices and outsourced jobs.

    September 17, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Despite republican efforts, the United States is still the most powerful country in the world. I really doubt that right wingnuts can hear the Chines laughing, unless it is at the China jobs outsourcer, Mittens, failed campaign.

    September 17, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  11. bb

    @claudia, not born in america
    Ill cut deficet in half or wont run again
    The priave sector is fine
    ill have unemp under 6% or wont run again
    transparent gov Fast & furious=agen dead.
    Read Oblunder care, its very little about health, it is TAX INCREASE,
    so what about Romney, I want someone to offer oppurtunity not expand welfare, get real

    September 17, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It would be nice if flipper Mittens stopped hiding behind a curtain, and actually stood for something.

    September 17, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  13. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I just sealed my vote for President Obama by making my online contribution to his campaign, I can't support a man who invest his money in offshore accounts, that's not believing in America by my standards.

    September 17, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |

    Willard has already outsourced thousands of American jobs to China, I don't see how he's going to get tough on them. He's just taking one of Trump's talking points and making a fool out of himself. Just how many assets does Willard have invested in China anyway?

    September 17, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  15. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    bb – So you admit you are a birther. Wow, who would have thought that. Out of over 300 million Americans, you are one of 5 million.

    September 17, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  16. T'sah From Virginia

    ►Fair is Fair
    Perfect caption for that photo? "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain".◄

    For once you are right – CNN has a way of using photos and headlines that are more damaging than what the Ticker is about – In this case, the photo DOES NOT match the story as you indicate. This is why people should READ before they COMMENT!!!

    President Obama always talked about China and their unfair trade acts; this is nothing new. So if Romney wants to go there, the President already has the upper hand on it – So, it is NOT "too little too late," as Romney indicated in a previous Ticker!!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!!

    September 17, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  17. Tree

    Show us your FED TAXES.......

    September 17, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Why would Obama take the advice of Bill Clinton? He betrayed his own family and lied to the entire country about it. Obama is also covering up the fast and the furious gun scandal. Gary – Ohio

    September 17, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    Perfect caption for that photo? "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain".
    Personal attacks and character assasinations are the classic symptoms of a losing campaign destined to defeat.

    September 17, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. amf140

    This is the exact reason why we don't want to be indebted to China. We have lost all our leverage.

    Hillary was right when she said that our debt was a "security" issue but it is becoming quite evident that the Ivy League scholars and Community Organizers do not understand and don't care.

    September 17, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  21. lou

    You have to go after specific problems with trade with china. Not all of it is bad. Our economy is 70% consumer spending. China makes some products so cheaply, we cannot compete. Their standard of living is just so much lower than ours. Their factory workers can live on a fraction of what it would take for a factory worker here to produce it. Even when you take into account the cost of getting it over here, it's dirt cheap stuff. I've been in retail long enough to know people say they want american made goods, but they are not willing to spend the money it costs for them to be made in america. Wallmart and deep discount rules. So let them make the cheap stuff we're so addicted to. It takes a lot of american jobs in transportation, warehousing, packaging, wholesale and retail sales, design, accounting, banking, advertising, etc, to get those products in your grubby little hands.

    September 17, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Anonymous wrote

    Why would Obama take the advice of Bill Clinton? ......
    Why on earth would Mitt Romney enlist economic and foreign policy advisors from the GWB administration. Fully 2/3 of the advisors in the Romney campaign come straight from the Bush administration.

    September 17, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |