Mitt Romney went on the offensive Tuesday, hitting back against the Obama campaign's attacks on his record at Bain Capital, saying that it’s not him but Obama who’s the “outsourcer in chief.”
The slam marked the presumptive GOP nominee’s first real broadside against a Washington Post story that identified Bain as the owner of companies who were chief practitioners of shipping jobs overseas.
The Obama campaign is now running ads in swing states that brand Romney as an “outsourcer in chief,” saying his companies were “pioneers at shipping U.S. jobs overseas.”
Leveling the same charge at Obama, Romney told nearly 1,000 supporters here that Obama has been “outsourcing a good deal of American jobs himself.” The counter charge comes on the same day as another Post story that questions how hard Obama has worked to combat outsourcing jobs as president.
“It is interesting that when it comes to outsourcing that this president has been outsourcing a good deal of American jobs himself by putting money into energy companies, solar and wind energy companies, that end up making their products outside the United States,” Romney said. “If there’s an outsourcer in chief, it’s the president of the United States, not the guy that’s running to replace him.”
Romney’s attempt to flip the script comes complete with a new Republican National Committee Web site that paints Obama as the real outsourcer.
Obamanomicsoutsourced.com charges that Obama has presided over “a record of failure spanning the globe” and that, as president, “billions of dollars did go to create jobs that were outsourced or spent overseas.”
Responding to Romney’s speech here, an Obama campaign spokeswoman said Romney’s remarks show he “just doesn’t get it.”
“There’s a stark difference between where he and President Obama want to take this country,” Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith said. “Mitt Romney’s plans encourage outsourcing. Barack Obama wants to end incentives to send jobs overseas.”
Romney, Smith said, has “personally profited from investments in companies that were pioneers in shipping American jobs to India and China.”
Today, Romney didn’t hold his typical tightly-controlled event in which he gave a short stump speech. Instead, he held a townhall in this swing state at the same high school where Obama appeared to rally support for his health-care plan in 2009.
Romney took questions on a wide range of issues, including media bias, the death penalty and his vice presidential selection process.
Romney said he’s looking forward to debating Obama, so that Americans will have a handful of opportunities to see their different visions side by side.
“The president the other day was kind enough to give me on a call on the day that I clinched the nomination. He said, ‘I congratulate you,’ and then he said ‘and I think the country will benefit from an important, honest debate on the issues and on the course for America — the future for America,” Romney said. “And I think that’s absolutely right. So far, his campaign hasn’t started that — all they’re doing is attacking on every new version they can come up with.”