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Obama Takes Tough China Talk to Ohio

Carol Lee  |  September 26, 2012  |  Wall Street Journal

Back on the campaign trail after a brief turn at the United Nations, PresidentBarack Obama on Wednesday will escalate the battle with his Republican foe Mitt Romney over who would be tougher on China.

Mr. Obama, in campaign events in battleground Ohio, will argue that he has been aggressive in filing trade complaints against China with the World Trade Organization, an Obama campaign official said.

At the same time, the president will launch attacks against Mr. Romney, a former executive at a private-equity firm, saying he’s personally profiting from companies that outsource jobs to China, the official said.

Mr. Obama will also add his voice to an effort this week by his campaign to highlight Mr. Romney’s past opposition to a trade complaint the administration filed against China on tires, citing Mr. Romney’s position in his book “No Apology.”

The Romney campaign has pushed back on the criticism and accused the president of being soft on Beijing.

“The President’s decision to let China cheat has cost the nation hundreds of thousands of jobs and his misguided tire tariffs have cost thousands more,” Romney campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said in a statement. She added that Mr. Romney “will stand up to China to protect American workers.”

The two candidates have been trading barbs on China as they both vie for votes in the industrial Midwest, especially the region’s big electoral prize: Ohio.

Mr. Obama will hold events in Bowling Green and Kent.

One Response to “Obama Takes Tough China Talk to Ohio”

  1. Joe Brooks says:

    “The President’s decision to let China cheat has cost the nation hundreds of thousands of jobs and his misguided tire tariffs have cost thousands more,” Romney campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said in a statement. She added that Mr. Romney “will stand up to China to protect American workers.”

    The above sentence illustrates Romney will fail, if he refuses to consider tariffs. Obama’s tire import tariffs have clearly protected thousands of jobs, right here in Ohio. Way too little, too late.

    Obama would have to expand import tariffs geometrically to “compete” with the Chinese Communist Party protections. The only clear cut weapon the US has in combating Red China’s massive protections is large [100 to 300%] import tariffs, to counteract all of the bribes they use to entice manufacturing.

    I have read that he would consider “countervailing duties”. Perhaps he is so indoctrinated against the American System, his staff is unable to speak “tariff”.

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