Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Obama in Ohio Trumpets Stance on China Trade

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Obama in Ohio Trumpets Stance on China Trade

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Campaigning in manufacturing-heavy Ohio, President Barack Obama on Monday accused his Republican challenger of talking the talk on trade policy with China, while his administration was walking the walk.

At separate events in a Cincinnati amphitheater and at a Columbus park, Mr. Obama announced a new trade complaint filed against China on auto-parts manufacturing and again lampooned Mitt Romney's plans to pursue more tax cuts.

"When it comes to trade, I understand my opponent's been running around Ohio claiming he's going to take the fight to China," Mr. Obama said before an estimated crowd of 4,500 in Columbus. "This is the guy whose experience has been owning companies that were called 'pioneers' of outsourcing jobs to countries like China, made money investing in companies shipping jobs to China," he said.

"Ohio," the president declared, "you can't stand up to China if all you've done is send them our jobs. You can talk a good game seven weeks before an election, but you can't just talk the talk. You've got to walk the walk."

China trade policy is a focus for both campaigns in a battleground state considered critical to winning the White House. Ohioans will begin to cast ballots Oct. 2.

Mr. Romney's first Ohio campaign stop, in 2011, focused on the China issue, and, on Friday in northeast Ohio, he again argued that the White House has been soft in its efforts to stop China from artificially manipulating its currency to make its exports cheaper than U.S. goods.

Mr. Obama countered Monday that his administration has brought more World Trade Organization cases against China in one term than his Republican predecessor, George W. Bush, did in two.

His attack on Mr. Romney's outsourcing is based on a Washington Post article in June reporting that the company the Republican candidate formerly ran, Bain Capital, invested in companies that helped to inaugurate the practice of shipping American work overseas. Mr. Romney has countered that Bain didn't send U.S. jobs overseas while he was at the helm.

The Obama administration's trade representative announced Monday a new case filing that accuses China of illegally subsidizing exports in its auto and auto-parts sectors. …

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