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Romney’s Plan to Revive Manufacturing

Hudson, N.H. – Speaking on a factory floor, Mitt Romney took advantage of a question about manufacturing from a voter to illustrate that Rick Santorum, who has made reviving the manufacturing sector a key part of his platform, wasn’t the only candidate who had considered how to help the ailing sector.

Noting he hailed from Detroit, and was saddened by that former manufacturing stronghold’s steep decline, Romney emphasized, “I will work to bring manufacturing and all good jobs back to America.”

Part of his plan is to be tough on nations like China, whom he described as “steal[ing] jobs.”

“Some of the nations around the world with very low labor rates have found if they artificially depreciate  their currency, they can make their prices even lower. By doing so,  they have displaced American manufacturers and a lot of jobs,” Romney said.

Toward the end of his response at the event, held at the Gilchrist Metal Fabricating Company, he touted the importance of right-to-work laws.  In 1996, Santorum cast a vote that ensured right-to-work legislation would not receive a final congressional vote, something Ron Paul has attacked him about.

“I’ve been down to South Carolina campaigning, and I see companies from all over the world building new manufacturing facilities all over the South, and they’re right to work states there,” Romney remarked. “I think we have to come to grips with the fact that business are going to go where they think the labor rules, the work rules will be productive. “

Before speaking, Romney, accompanied by Tim Pawlenty and Kelly Ayotte, had toured the factory.

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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