Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney on the defensive and on the attack on Obama on the topic of outsourcing. New Obama ad criticizes Romney on outsourcing jobs to places like China and Mexico. (Photo : Reuters)
With President Barack Obama and Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney traveling to swing states, the issue of outsourcing continues to be a strong topic and ire for Romney.
The Romney campaign has been on public relations control after the Obama campaign's comments on the former Massachusetts governor's time in Bain Capital. During Romney's tenure at Bain, it's been reported that many workers were fired and jobs were outsourced, even though Romney has stated those cases occurred after he left the company to handle the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.
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President Obama has continued the attacks on Romney's time at Bain, adding Romney would continue the layoffs and outsourcing if he's elected to the Oval Office.
"Governor Romney's economic plan would in fact create 800,000 jobs. There's only one problem," said Obama. "The jobs wouldn't be in America."
Romney dismissed Obama's comments, with a spokesperson stating Romney's plan would lower corporate tax rates and remove incentives for companies who shift jobs overseas.
The Republican presidential candidate, in return, accused the Obama administration of investing stimulus money in activities run by the president's biggest donors, alleging some of those donors are overseas as well.
"I think it's wrong," said Romney in an interview with Fox News on Monday. "I think it stinks to high heaven, and I think the administration has to explain how it is they would consider giving money to campaign contributors' businesses."
In response to Romney's recent claims, the Obama administration said Romney's new attacks are attempts to avoid his own record of outsourcing jobs and how Romney's comments hurt the clean energy sector which host up to a quarter of a million jobs.
The Obama campaign released a new attack ad about Romney outsourcing jobs this week, in what is considered as a "brutal" ad. The ad shows Romney singing "America the Beautiful" with comments showing he outsourced jobs to China and Mexico, as well as noting Romney's foreign bank accounts in the Cayman Islands.