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Obama Va. ad calls Mitt Romney ‘outsourcer-in-chief’

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.”

Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R), left, speaks next to Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney during a campaign stop in May. (Mark Makela/Reuters)

“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.

Laura Vozzella covers Virginia politics for The Washington Post.



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