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Thursday
Jul192012

Vice President Joe Biden Hits Mitt Romney, GOP on Outsourcing

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Speaking to a union in Columbus, Ohio, Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden accused Mitt Romney and Republicans of fostering a business environment that promotes outsourcing. He accused Romney of making his business experience the hallmark of his campaign and even credited him for creating jobs -- not at home, but overseas.

“He’s not running on his experience as governor, where he had a couple good ideas like health care and other things he did,” Biden told the Plumbers and Pipefitter Local Union. “He’s running as the chairman of the board and the founder of Bain."

“I honest to God think it’s totally appropriate to judge whether he was a job creator, and if he did create them, where did he create the jobs?” Biden added. “I have to admit, after really going into detail, that he did create jobs. But they were in Singapore, China, India. They weren’t in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania.”

Biden said those who are willing to generate incentives for companies to outsource jobs are guilty of promoting other countries and “betting on China.” He noted that he and the president aren’t “betting on anybody else. We’re betting on Ohio. We’re betting on the United States of America.”

The vice president’s remarks came shortly after Senate Republicans rejected a Democratic bill that would have eliminated tax breaks for businesses that ship jobs overseas.

“They prevented us from even being able to get a vote on that,” Biden said to boos from the crowd. “So it’s dead. It’s dead. They maintained a tax cut to take your company abroad and refused to give a tax cut to bring your [company] home.”

Biden shifted from criticizing Romney and the GOP for allegedly promoting outsourcing to harping on Romney for opposing the auto bailout. He expressed disbelief that people would consider voting for a candidate who maintained foreign bank accounts.

“Romney said the president is out of touch. Out of touch? A guy who has a Swiss bank account? A guy who has, apparently, millions of bucks invested in the Cayman Islands, and my guy is out of touch?” Biden asked. “Did you ever think you’d see a presidential race where you’re choosing between one guy who has millions of bucks in the Cayman Islands and a Swiss bank account and another guy who’s invested in America?”

The vice president spoke in Ohio as part of his “Made in Ohio Manufacturing Tour,” highlighting the Obama administration’s work to enhance the industry in the state. Calling the manufacturing industry in Ohio a “renaissance” that boosted the number of jobs created in the state, Biden lauded the advancements the industry has made as it helps the country inch closer to its goal of becoming the “leading manufacturer in the world.”

“Ohio’s coming back! America’s coming back! The middle class is coming back!” Biden said.

Romney’s campaign called the vice president’s speech “misleading” and classified it as an attempt to distract voters from closely examining what it called the president’s failed initiatives.

“Just weeks after admitting the truth about the president’s failed policies, Vice President Biden today tried to cover up for three years of broken promises by the administration and its failure to fix the economy and create jobs,” Ryan Williams, a spokesman for Romney, said in a statement. “No misleading campaign speech can hide the truth that President Obama’s policies have not helped the struggling middle class. While this administration puts their faith in government, Mitt Romney puts his faith in the American people and their entrepreneurial spirit.”

The Romney camp has also hit back at the outsourcing claims, saying if anybody is a "pioneer of outsourcing," it's President Obama, who the Romney campaign claims diverted hundreds of millions of taxpayer-funded stimulus dollars to companies like Fisker, which developed electric cars in Finland, and Chinese companies to create windmills and solar panels in China.

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Wednesday
Jul182012

President Obama Wants to Be ‘Pioneer of Insourcing’

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages(AUSTIN, Texas) -- President Obama said Tuesday evening he wants to be a “pioneer of insourcing,” in contrast to his opponent, Mitt Romney, who Obama and his campaign are attempting to characterize as a “pioneer of outsourcing.”

“I believe in making things here in America and I believe in inventing things here in America, and Gov. Romney his main calling card for running for office is his business experience, and so understandably American people have been asking, ‘Well, let’s find out what you’ve been doing,’” Obama said to a crowd packed into the Austin Music Hall.

“If your main experience is investing in companies that are called pioneers of outsourcing, then that indicates that we’ve got a different vision because I don’t want to be a pioneer of outsourcing,” he said, standing before a giant American flag and an oversized Texas flag to his right at his third fundraiser of the day in Texas.  “I want to be a pioneer of insourcing.”

Over the past month, the Obama campaign has hammered Romney for his connection to Bain Capital, accusing him of being at the helm of the company while it invested in companies that shipped jobs overseas.

The crowd, which stood shoulder to shoulder in the music venue, responded with loud applause when Obama repeated his support of LGBT issues, spoke about immigration and lauded the Supreme Court’s decision on healthcare.

“We are not rolling back healthcare reform.  The Supreme Court has spoken and we are moving forward,” Obama said to loud cheers and applause.  “If you’ve got healthcare, the only thing that now happens to you -- you’re not paying a tax.  The only thing that’s happening to you is that you have more security because insurance companies can’t jerk you around.”

Obama also pledged not to end funding to Planned Parenthood, an assurance with additional meaning in Texas as the state is locked in a court battle over whether Planned Parenthood should be included in the Women’s Health Program.

Reflecting on his early campaigns in Illinois and his 2008 run, Obama reminded voters of a promise he made to them that despite not being a perfect president, he vowed to look out for their best interests.

“In 2008 I tried to just make promises I could keep, and one of those promises I said to you -- I’m not a perfect man.  I promise you, talk to Michelle now.  I’m not a perfect man,” Obama told the crowd as they laughed.  “I said I wouldn’t be a perfect president but what I said was that I would always tell you where I stood.  I’d always tell you what I thought, and I would spend every single waking hour, as long as I have the privilege of being your president, fighting for you, thinking about you because in you I saw me.”

After appearing in San Antonio earlier on Tuesday, Obama closed out his Texas fundraising spree with two events in Austin -- the public event for 1,100 people at Austin Music Hall priced at $250 a head and a private fundraiser at the home of Tom Meredith, a former Dell executive, at the Four Seasons Residences, costing $25,000 a couple, according to campaign officials.  He is expected to raise more than $4 million on this one-day trip.

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Thursday
Jul122012

Romney Accuses Obama of Lying in New Outsourcing Ad

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages(JACKSON HOLE, Wyo.) -- In a new television ad released on Thursday, Mitt Romney accuses President Obama of lying and asks how voters can trust him to lead if he “doesn’t tell the truth.”

The ad, titled “No Evidence,” is the campaign's clearest and most aggressive push back thus far against claims by the president’s campaign that Romney outsourced jobs while working at the private equity firm he founded, Bain Capital.  The claims have been largely debunked by fact-checking organizations.

“When a president doesn’t tell the truth,” the ad opens, “how can we trust him to lead?”

The 30-second ad, which appears on Romney’s website adjacent to a form on which voters can sign up to “receive the truth” via e-mail from the campaign, uses text from the Washington Post that labels Obama’s outsourcing attacks “Misleading, Unfair and Untrue.”

“There was no ‘evidence’ that Mitt Romney shipped jobs overseas,” a narrator says.

The ad also uses then-candidate Hillary Clinton’s famous “Shame on you” line she delivered during the 2008 race in reference to Obama’s attacks on her.

“Candidate Obama lied about Hillary Clinton,” the ad’s narrator says.

“But America expects more from a president,” it says.  “Obama’s dishonest campaign, another reason American has lost confidence in Barack Obama.”

Romney himself swatted back at the attacks earlier this week during an appearance in Colorado, when he referred to Obama as the “outsourcer-in-chief,” reminding voters there that if they’re worried about outsourcing, they should be concerned about the president and not him.

The Obama camp won’t directly respond to Romney’s new ad, instead pointing to a Boston Globe report suggesting that Romney is the one being less than truthful.

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Tuesday
Jul102012

Romney Calls Obama 'Outsourcer-in-Chief'

Alex Wong/Getty Images(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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Tuesday
Jul102012

Obama Guilty of the ‘Ultimate Sin,’ Reince Priebus Says

Scott Olson/Getty Images(CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa) -- Seeking to turn the tables on President Obama over allegations of outsourcing, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus today appeared in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, outside an Obama rally to declare the president guilty of  “the ultimate sin.”

“He has taken taxpayer money, sent it to companies overseas with the promise that somehow it is going to  come back to create jobs in  places like Iowa and the Midwest and it didn’t happen,” Priebus said in an interview with ABC News outside Obama’s event at Kirkwood Community College.

“That is the ultimate sin and that is what the president has done,” Priebus said. “He is the outsourcer-in-chief.”

The message attempts to undercut a similar case Democrats have been making against presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, a case which some polls show has been effective at defining Romney with voters.

The GOP launched a multimedia counteroffensive today with Priebus’ rare appearance at a presidential event, a new website – ObamanomicsOutsourced.com – and web video attempting to cast Obama as a failure on his promises from 2008 to end tax credits to companies that “ship jobs overseas” and responsibly manage taxpayers’ money.

“This president is intellectually distorting truth about Mitt Romney. He is doing it knowingly,” Priebus said, noting that fact checkers have debunked claims in several of Obama’s recent TV attack ads.

The same independent fact checkers have also scrutinized claims that Obama sent stimulus money overseas as false and misleading.

Priebus called the entire outsourcing debate bluster from Obama. “He talks a lot but he doesn’t deliver, and we are going to start delivering that message to Americans everywhere,” he said.

Asked about the precedent for a candidate’s release of tax returns and why Romney shouldn’t release more than one year’s worth, Priebus rebuffed the notion as a “joke.”

“This president is playing games. What he ought to do is starting concentrating on the things he promised he would concentrate on which is better jobs for Americans, doing something about our economy, the debt and the deficit,” he said.

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Wednesday
Jun272012

Obama Campaign Memo Punctuates Week of Outsourcing Attacks

Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- On the eve of the Supreme Court decision on health care -- hours before the news cycle gets a major jolt -- Team Obama offered something of a closing argument on a round of attacks against Mitt Romney as an “outsourcing pioneer.”

In a memo to reporters, Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt argues that, any way you slice it, companies Romney’s Bain Capital invested in and profited from were not benefiting American workers.

“What public documents and published accounts demonstrate is that Mitt Romney’s companies were pioneers in shipping American jobs overseas and profited from low wage foreign production facilities,” LaBolt concludes.

“These aren’t just idle questions about Mitt Romney’s past. Outsourcing not only costs Americans their jobs, but places downward pressure on wages,” he says. “Mitt Romney, drawing on the lessons and values he took from his experience as a corporate buyout specialist, has presented a tax plan that would provide additional incentives for American companies to ship jobs overseas.”

To be sure, the memo does not examine net jobs created or lost during Romney’s Bain tenure. There’s no mention of Staples or Sports Authority, some of Bain’s success stories.  LaBolt simply notes that Bain-backed companies created jobs overseas, suggesting that fact alone is a big taboo.

Democrats do not, “differentiate between domestic outsourcing versus offshoring nor versus work done overseas to support U.S. exports,” Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul said last week. “Mitt Romney spent 25 years in the real world economy, so he understands why jobs come and they go.  As president, he will implement policies that make it easier and more attractive for companies to create jobs here at home.”

Republicans also note that President Obama has, in the past, praised the creation of foreign jobs by U.S. companies and conceded that repatriating outsourced jobs might not be entirely beneficial to the U.S. economy.

“We shouldn’t be resorting to protectionist measures; we shouldn’t be thinking that it’s just a one-way street,” Obama said during a 2010 visit to India when he credited increased trade between the two countries with creating jobs. “I want both the citizens of the U.S. and India to understand the ties between the two countries.”

As for occasions when some U.S. companies have outsourced work, Obama said during a town hall meeting at the White House in 2009 that “not all of these jobs are going to come back -- and it probably wouldn’t be good for our economy for a bunch of these jobs to come back because, frankly, there’s no way that people could be getting paid a living wage on some of these jobs, at least in order to be competitive in an international setting.”

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