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Obama Camp Attacks Romney for Swiss Bank Account

The latest video from the Obama campaign whips through a series of attacks on Mitt Romney. One of the attacks is that he outsourced government jobs to India. That’s true, but here’s some context on why Romney opposed a bill that would have banned government agencies from working with companies that had outsourced jobs:

“The legislation I vetoed was not designed to do anything for Massachusetts employers,” Romney told the Boston Globe in defense of his veto. “It might help ‘call center’ states, but it didn’t necessarily protect a single job here.”

“But,” he added, “it had the potential of costing our citizens a lot more money.”

It wasn’t just Romney who viewed the legislation as a bad way to tackle outsourcing. “Another section that would discourage the state from doing business with companies that outsource work to foreign countries should be vetoed,” the Globe, not known for its conservative beliefs, argued. “The state contracting process is a poor tool to address globalization.” 


UPDATE: “With the worst job creation record in modern history and the slowest economic recovery since the Great Depression, President Obama is trying to distract Americans from the real issues with a series of sideshows,” Romney spokesperson Amanda Henneberg says in a statement. “Unable to defend his failed record of 23 million Americans struggling for work, wasteful boondoggles like Solyndra, skyrocketing national debt, and unacceptably high energy prices, President Obama has once again resorted to attacking Mitt Romney. The American people have suffered enough over the last three years and deserve better.” 

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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