GOP fires back at Obama on ‘outsourcing’
By Felicia Sonmez,
Call it the “Outsourcing” Wars.
On the airwaves and on the campaign trail, the Obama campaign for weeks has hammered Mitt Romney for his tenure at Bain Capital, casting the presumptive GOP nominee as “an outsourcing pioneer.”<iframe width=”453” height=”255” src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/-K0LpPNwVik” frameborder=”0” allowfullscreen></iframe>
On Tuesday, the Republican National Committee struck back, launching a new Web site, ObamanomicsOutsourced.com, that highlights examples of what it describes as “how Obama shipped the recovery overseas.”
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus is expected to hold an event in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Tuesday afternoon to announce the launch of the Web site, shortly before Obama held a roundtable and campaign event in the eastern Iowa city.
Republicans have also seized on a Washington Post report published Tuesday detailing criticism from some on the left that the White House has not done enough to pursue a tax overhaul and other reforms in order to prevent American jobs from moving abroad. The White House has defended its record, arguing that Obama has done his share of pushing for reforms but that action from Congress is also necessary.
The counter-offensive by the RNC comes at a time when the Obama campaign has sought to seize the political upper hand by renewing its call for an extension of tax cuts on income of $250,000 or less.
Democratic National Committee spokesman Brad Woodhouse charged that national Republicans were “making stuff up,” as the “Obanomics Outsourced” Web site includes no links to media reports backing up its examples.
On Tuesday morning, however, the RNC produced a more-detailed list of citations, available here.
“Pres. Obama knows America benefits from insourcing. Mitt Romney personally benefitted from companies that outsource,” she tweeted.