Romney: Obama trade complaint 'too little, too late'
September 17th, 2012
09:30 AM ET
11 years ago

Romney: Obama trade complaint 'too little, too late'

(CNN) - Mitt Romney issued the following statement Monday after it was announced the Obama administration will file a complaint with the World Trade Organization alleging China has illegally subsidized automotive exports and undercut American suppliers.

"President Obama has spent 43 months failing to confront China's unfair trade practices. Campaign-season trade cases may sound good on the stump, but it is too little, too late for American businesses and middle-class families. President Obama's credibility on this issue has long since vanished. I will not wait until the last months of my presidency to stand up to China, or do so only when votes are at stake. From Day One, I will pursue a comprehensive strategy to confront China's unfair trade practices and ensure a level playing field where our businesses can compete and win."

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. dog1

    Hey Mitt, release those tax records so we can see just how much money you're making from your investments in China! You talk alot about punishing China but that would cut into your own profit margin and everybody, EVERYBODY, knows there's no way you would ever do anything to cut into your own profits, no matter who it hurts. Of course, if your plan works to make America a nation of low wage workers like China, then you and your friend can bring your investments back here.

    September 17, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  2. geggyg

    If Romney says Pres Obama had 43 months to issue the legal challenge, that means that the China must have been using the same car policies under Pres Bush , so why didnt Pres Bush do something about it before he finished his term. The arguements Romney is using on China is the same he uses against Pres Obama on Iran , that he hasnt stopped the Iranian nuculear program in 4 years , but repubs forget that the Iranian program started under daddy Bush , continued under Clinton and under sonny Bush , thats 20 yrs that America couldnt stop their program before Obama took office but its somehow its only his problem for not stopping Iran.

    September 17, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |

    40 million Americans out of work and Obama is just now filing a complaint on China's unfair trade practices.
    What a great President Obama is..., NOT!

    September 17, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. Simon

    While was watched the attack on our countrymen , this administration set and could have prevented this from happening. MS Rice our Ambassador to the UN is wrong in her comments, this was a premeditated strike by a Extreme grup of Al Qaeda. Mr Romney please be more aggressive in your comments as the Obama Administration is gaining ground and certainly we need to explain the American people why they should vote for you.

    September 17, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  5. ST

    Does Romney mean the president should put everything at standstill now until the election is over? This is a sign of panicking. Just to remind him, there are only seven weeks to go and other states will vote earlier than that. Time is not in your side Mr. severely conservative.

    September 17, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. Simon

    People should be happy that Romney made money, that means the man is capable for turning this bad economy around.

    September 17, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  7. cali ha ha

    Obama filed more than twice as many complaint against China. Will mitt point that out.

    September 17, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  8. Marty, FL

    Yet Romney-Bain invested millions in a Chinese firm for profits from outsourcing American jobs overseas.

    September 17, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. T'sah From Virginia

    40 million Americans out of work and Obama is just now filing a complaint on China's unfair trade practices.
    What a great President Obama is..., NOT!◄


    40 million JOBS were being lost under BUSH and BUSH "never" filed a complaint on China's unfair trade practices.
    What a great President BUSH was ..., NOT!

    And where in the hell did "40 Million out of work" come from?????

    And Mittens, if it is "too little too late" – then what will YOU do??? STOP blaming President Obama because you got out of bed on the wrong side – We're smarter than that RobMe and it's "too little too late" for you to even THINK you will win this election – You're a LIAR – a FLIP-FLOP and a wannabe who thinks he can Etch-A-Sketch it all away!!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    September 17, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  10. anonoymous

    Oh I get it now talk about the other guy so bad that nobody notices that I really dont have a clue what's really going on. Too bad we already figured that out. There is no need for another strategy this one is working for the president. OBAMA 2012

    September 17, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  11. Jack from Illinois

    Is he kidding? Bain, under his leadeship, was a pioneer in taking American jobs to Communist China.

    Romney's a phony.

    September 17, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  12. keeth

    Did China's unfair practices start on Jan 20, 2009? Doubtful, which means they were unfair under Bush as well.

    Romney is reaching for anything to criticize without realizing just how stupid he sounds.

    September 17, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    More crap from the outsourcer. Mittens even outsourced MA government jobs to India. Just keep flinging pooh Mittens.

    September 17, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens should have picked a different running mate, because everything he blames on Obama, has been tied up by Ryan and the wingnuts in congress.

    September 17, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  15. STL

    Death by China: Confronting the Dragon – A Global Call to Action is a non-fiction book by economics professor Peter Navarro and Greg Autry that chronicles, "From currency manipulation and abusive trade policies, to slave labor and deadly consumer products",[1] the alleged threats to global economic stability and world peace posed by China's "corrupt and ruthless" governing Communist Party.

    The book has been translated into Japanese, Vietnamese, and Korean. A feature length documentary film based on the book and also titled Death by China is under production.

    September 17, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  16. Marty in Virginia

    Romney's remarks have no basis in fact. (But he did say his campaign would not be hindered by facts.)

    The truth is, that this is the SEVENTH time the Obama Administration has held China accountable for its WTO commitments. Over the past three years the Obama Administration has
    - successfully challenged Chinese efforts to restrict imports of certain US steel products and chicken products,
    - brought actions against China’s export restraints on industrial raw materials,
    - challenged China’s restrictions on electronic payment services,
    - and challenged subsidies to China’s wind power equipment sector.

    Let this election be driven by facts.

    September 17, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
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