BY OLYMPIA MEOLA
President Barack Obama’s campaign is continuing to hammer Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on outsourcing, releasing a new TV ad in Virginia and other states on the topic.
The 30-second spot says Romney’s companies were “pioneers in outsourcing U.S. jobs to low-wage countries” and that the former Massachusetts governor “supports tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas.”
Its narrator says Obama “believes in insourcing,” that he “fought to save the U.S. auto industry” and “favors tax cuts for companies that bring jobs home.”
The narrator ends with: “Outsourcing versus insourcing, it matters.”
The ad is airing here and in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Curt Cashour, the Virginia communications director for the Romney campaign responded that “The Obama campaign continues to try to mislead Virginia voters with ads that independent fact checkers have repeatedly proven to be false.
“We are happy to put Governor Romney’s record of job creation in the private sector, and as governor, up against President Obama’s any day. Spending millions of dollars on untrue ads won’t change the fact that President Obama’s policies have left more than 23 million Americans struggling for work.”
The Obama campaign spot shows a June 21 Washington Post article that reported that “During 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.”
Politico has reported that Romney campaign representatives sought a retraction from the Washington Post for the story, and that the paper will not retract the report.
FactCheck.org dug into a previous Obama campaign ad that referenced outsourcing and concluded that “we found no evidence to support the claim that Romney — while he was still running Bain Capital — shipped American jobs overseas.”
The Obama campaign responded with objections but the fact checkers stood by their analysis. Read more about that here.