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President Obama’s two-day bus tour headed to northern Ohio on Thursday, where he touted a new U.S. complaint with the World Trade Organization against China for imposing more than $3 billion in duties on American-produced automobiles.
Northern Ohio is home to several major auto suppliers and their employees — votes Mr. Obama must secure to solidify a win in this critical swing state.
“Three years later, the auto industry has come roaring back,” he said. “That Chrysler plant up the road is bringing on another 1,100 employees; the Wrangler, built right here in Toledo, just set an all-time sales record.”
He also attempted to paint Republican rival Mitt Romney as an out-of-touch advocate for Wall Street and the wealthy who would have let the auto industry fail during the height of the economic crisis and, during his time at Bain Capital, was a major proponent of outsourcing American jobs.
“Gov. Romney’s experiences have been owning companies that were called pioneers of outsourcing,” Mr. Obama told the crowd. “My experience has been saving the American auto industry … creating more security for your community.
“That’s why my administration has brought trade cases against China at a faster pace than the previous administration,” he said. “That’s why my administration brought a case today against China … to hold China accountable for unfair trade practices.”
China, which recently became the world’s biggest automobile market, has placed import taxes on nearly 80 percent of the U.S. cars and sport utility vehicles exported to the country, including Jeep’s Wrangler and Grand Cherokee, both made by Chrysler LLC, as well as General Motors Co.’s Buick Enclave and Cadillac CTS, according to a White House fact sheet.
The Romney campaign poked fun at Mr. Obama’s bus tour’s theme of “Betting on America,” and reminding voters about the struggling economic recovery with nationwide unemployment remaining above 8 percent for 3½ years.
“We shouldn’t double down on Barack Obama,” said former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a Romney surrogate who was on his own bus tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania. “His presidency has been a losing hand for Ohio, and it’s been a losing hand for the country.
“Families, moms and dads, [are] not being able to achieve or see their dreams because they don’t have a job or are worried about losing a job,” he said.
Late last year, Chinese trade officials began imposing both anti-dumping and other duties on imports of American cars after determining that American-made automobile imports were being sold at less than fair value in the Chinese market and had benefited from subsidies.
The Obama administration disputes these claims and argues that China is retaliating against the U.S. for a decision three years ago to impose a “safeguard measure” against Chinese imports.
“As we have made clear, the Obama administration will continue to fight to ensure that China does not misuse its trade laws and violate its international trade commitments to block exports of American-made products,” U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said in a statement. “American autoworkers and manufacturers deserve a level playing field, and we are taking every step necessary to stand up for them.”
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Susan Crabtree is an award-winning investigative reporter with more than 15 years of reporting experience in Washington, D.C. Her reporting about bribery, corruption and conflict-of-interest issues on Capitol Hill has led to several FBI and ethics investigations, as well as consequences for members within their caucuses and at the ballot box. Susan can be reached at email@example.com.
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