President Barack Obama slammed Mitt Romney in a campaign speech in Maumee, Ohio, this afternoon, attacking Romney’s business record as he touted the achievements of his first term.
“Governor Romney’s experience has been in owning companies that were called ‘pioneers of outsourcing’ – that’s not my phrase – ‘pioneers of outsourcing,'” Obama declared, referencing a recent Washington Post article that explored Romney’s investments with companies that shipped jobs overseas. “My experience has been in saving the American auto industry.”
“Gov. Romney said we should just let Detroit go bankrupt,” Obama added. “I refused to turn my back on communities like this one.”
To underscore his point, Obama noted that his administration filed an unfair trade complaint with the World Trade Organization on Thursday, accusing China of abusing trade laws by imposing more than $3 billion in duties on U.S. automobile exports.
“Americans aren’t afraid to compete,” Obama told the cheering crowd. “As long as we’re competing on a fair playing field instead of an unfair playing field, we’re going to do just fine. We’re going to make sure that competition is fair.”