Team Obama releases China ad following WTO case
September 17th, 2012
07:17 PM ET
10 years ago

Team Obama releases China ad following WTO case

(CNN) – Coinciding with the Obama administration's new trade enforcement case against China Monday, President Barack Obama's re-election campaign released a new television ad touting his tough stance on China while criticizing Republican candidate Mitt Romney for opposing the president's policies.

Following a clip of Mitt Romney promising to crack down on China's trade policies, the ad's narrator says, "Tough on China? Not Mitt Romney."

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The ad then cites a 2009 U.S. International Trade Commission Federal Register Notice that said China was importing tires "In Such Increased Quantities Or Under Such Conditions As To Cause Or Threaten To Cause Market Disruption To The Domestic Producers Of Like Or Directly Competitive Products."

"When a flood of Chinese tires threatened a thousand American jobs it was President Obama who stood up to China and protected American workers," says the narrator.

A release about the ad points to media reports about Obama imposing stiff tariffs on Chinese-made tires to protect America jobs.

The narrator continues: "Mitt Romney attacked Obama's decision…said standing up to China was 'bad for the nation and our workers'."

The ad concludes by questioning whose side Romney is on pointing to an excerpt from Romney's book "No Apologies" where he criticizes the trade case filed on behalf of U.S. tire manufacturers saying it could spark a trade war.

The Obama campaign said the commercial will air on national cable but did not release the size of the ad buy.

Republicans, however, have criticized Obama for projecting weakness abroad in his foreign policy, and Romney's campaign has said the Obama administration's new case against China is politically motivated. The Republican's campaign released an ad last week attacking the president for failing to get tough on currency manipulation as well as other Chinese trade policies.

President Obama, campaigning in the battleground state of Ohio earlier Monday, told supporters "(Romney's) 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."

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Trade
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    Romney will create 12 Million jobs -– in China.

    No thanks Mitt.

    I'll be voting early for obama/biden and a straight dem ticket for all state officials too. The republicans have over-reached too many times by wanting to take away the Free Will God gave ALL of us.

    September 17, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  2. g

    mitt shipped so many jobs to china they have a mitt day holiday

    September 17, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  3. judy

    mittens is good at sending jobs to china. and putting foot in mouth. Why care since 47% of us are lazy and thinks the government owes us. This man hasent got the common sense to be president and is an insult to many americans who work hard. People may not make enough to pay federal taxes but everyone pays some kind of tax. Most who dont pay are red states look it up. To write off 47% of the people shows how out of touch he is.Forward.

    September 17, 2012 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  4. JM

    Romney gets tough on China, the man who sent millions of jobs to China is now getting tough.

    September 17, 2012 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  5. ohgran

    Game over.

    September 17, 2012 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  6. 0rangeW3dge

    Barbara Bush said Romney is a terrible candidate,,,why didn't you listen?
    Mitt is, simply, unreliable. He couldn't stand up to Teddy Kennedy, and he couldn't stand up to John McCain. What makes anyone think that he is ready to stand up for America at the G-20?

    September 17, 2012 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  7. Common Sensus

    In a speech later in the day, Romney vowed to get tough on private equity firms that buy US companies, shut them down, and ship the jobs overseas...oh, wait a minute...

    September 17, 2012 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  8. Kecia

    Whether 47% or 57%, most Americans won't vote for Romney because he can't relate. He can't relate to the hard working middle class, he can't relate that the country is tired of being divided by race relations, he can't relate that there are many minorities who will rather work on their hands and knees than receive gonernment assistance. Nope, I believe the percentage of Americans who won't vote for Romney is much higher because he simply can't relate.

    September 17, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  9. Name

    Why is this person( mitt) running for persident? Is it a result of a personal bet he made?

    September 17, 2012 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  10. Just a thought

    ha ha ....Mittster, you are a cartoon character.

    September 17, 2012 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  11. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Willard, before you slam the President as "too late" on China, please tell us how many US plants you closed and relocated to China.

    September 18, 2012 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  12. Gurgyl

    Made in china. Shipped to china.

    September 18, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |