If Mitt Romney happens to switch on the TV while he’s in Virginia over the next two days, he might just catch a new ad dubbing him the nation’s “outsourcer-in-chief.”
The Obama campaign ad plays off a television spot that Romney launched in the commonwealth four days ago. Romney, who campaigns in the Roanoke area Tuesday and in Northern Virginia on Wednesday, promised in that ad to create “thousands of new jobs for Virginians” in his first 100 days as president.
“But would he?” the Obama ad asks. “The Washington Post has just revealed that Romney’s companies were pioneers in shipping U.S. jobs overseas, investing in firms that specialized in relocating jobs done by American workers to new facilities in low-wage countries like China and India.”
The ad is referring to a recent Washington Post report that “[d]uring the nearly 15 years that Romney was actively involved in running Bain, a private equity firm that he founded, it owned companies that were pioneers in the practice of shipping work from the United States to overseas call centers and factories.”
Romney’s campaign has argued that the article conflates outsourcing to companies within the United States with offshoring to companies overseas and with support overseas for U.S. companies, according to The Fix, where you can read more about it.
“President Obama continues to use false and discredited attacks to divert attention from his abysmal economic record,” said the Romney campaign’s Virginia spokesman, Curt Cashour. “If President Obama had even half of Mitt Romney’s record on jobs, he’d be running on it. But President Obama has the worst record on jobs and the economy of any president in modern history, which is why he is running a campaign based on distractions, not solutions.”
President Obama’s campaign is running similar ads in Iowa and Ohio.