(GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.) — Mitt Romney today labeled President Obama an “outsourcer-in-chief,” responding for the first time to attacks by the president’s campaign that suggest he outsourced jobs overseas during his years at Bain Capital.
“If there’s an outsourcer in chief, it’s the President of the United States, not the guy who’s running to replace him,” said Romney, speaking at a town hall campaign event in the battleground state of Colorado, his first trip back since late May.
“He likes to talk about outsourcing,” Romney said of the president. “He’s run some interesting attack ads on me on that topic. You may have seen that and interestingly an independent unbiased fact checking organization looked at his ads and looked at that attack and said it’s false and misleading.”
Romney was referring to the Obama television ad titled “The Problem,” that claims Romney condoned the Chinese “taking our jobs and taking a lot of our future” while at Bain.
The Obama ad, like several of Romney’s ads, has saturated the airwaves in Colorado, where locals complain it’s hard to watch television without catching several ads during commercial breaks.
“But it is interesting that when it comes to outsourcing that this president has been outsourcing a good deal of American jobs himself,” Romney continued. “By putting money into energy companies — solar and wind energy companies that end up making their products outside the United States.”
Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith swiftly responded in an e-mail statement stating that Romney just “doesn’t get it.”
“President Obama has fought to end tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas, fostered incentives for companies to bring jobs back to America and doubled the rate of trade cases we’ve brought against China to ensure an even playing field for American workers,” said Smith.
“Mitt Romney, who’s personally profited from investments in companies that were pioneers in shipping American jobs to India and China as a corporate buyout specialist, would slash funds to spur the clean energy sector in America, eliminating renewable energy jobs in states like Colorado and Iowa and ceding the industry to China. The American people deserve a President who will fight to create jobs here in America, not the Outsourcer-in-Chief Mitt Romney promises to be.”
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Scott Stuntz, Teton Valley News
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