Reposted from the Wall Street Journal
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.