CNN: Obama and Romney duel over China, immigration.
President Obama campaigned in America’s car country on Monday after his administration filed a trade complaint against China’s auto industry subsidies, while Republican challenger Mitt Romney complained the move was “inadequate, too late.”
Romney spoke Monday towards the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in his attempt to diminish the president’s advantage using the Latino vote, a traditionally Democratic demographic that strongly supported Obama in 2008.
With the November election about seven weeks away, Obama seeks to keep up the momentum of the perceived “bounce” in support following this month’s Democratic National Convention while Romney desires to gain ground on his rival ahead of the three presidential debates next month.
Romney makes push for Hispanic voters
In speeches at Eden Park in Cincinnati and Schiller Park in Columbus, Obama dedicated to the auto sector that, in accordance with industry research, supports almost 800,000 jobs in Ohio.
The president touted the auto industry bailout from his first year at work, noting Romney during the time called for letting Detroit go bankrupt on its own, and his awesome administration’s new complaint with all the World Trade Organization that accuses China of providing $1 billion in illegal subsidies to auto and auto parts exporters between 2009 and 2011.
“You are able to talk a great game, but I like to walk the walk, not merely talk the talk,” Obama said of Romney, accusing the former Massachusetts governor of backing companies that outsourced U.S. jobs to China while an exclusive equity investor.
“We’ve brought more trade cases against China in a single term than the previous administration did in two — each case we’ve brought that has been decided, we’ve won,” Obama continued in Cincinnati, adding how the subsidies being challenged “directly harm working people on the production line in Ohio and Michigan and throughout the Midwest.”
His voice rising to some shout, Obama thought to cheers: “It is not right; it’s against the rules; and we will not let it stand.”
Critics of U.S. national trading policy say a tougher line with China is necessary.
Romney labeled the administration’s move an election-year stunt when compared with what he called his or her own consistent criticism of China being an unfair trade partner.
“The president might think that announcing new trade lawsuits lower than 8 weeks in the election will distract from his record, but American businesses and workers struggling by using an uneven arena know better,” Romney told the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in La.