AirTalk for July 11, 2012

Will the real outsourcer please stand up?

President Barack Obama and GOP hopeful Mitt Romney

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Both sides have made similar claims about the other, who's telling the truth?

Over the past few months, the Obama campaign has painted Mitt Romney as an outsourcer of jobs. Now, Romney and other Republicans are retaliating in force.

Romney has labeled Obama the “outsourcer-in-chief,” and the Republican National Committee launched a website that claims Obama used taxpayer money as part of the 2009 stimulus package for a variety of companies in other countries, such as Mexico, Denmark and South Korea. Obama is also subject to criticism from the left, as liberals insist he should have circumvented Congress to revise U.S. visa rules and adopt more stringent policies towards China.

The Obama campaign responded with a six-page rebuttal to the Republican website, which stressed the President’s commitment to creating a level playing field for American workers and discouraging corporations from shipping jobs overseas.

Does this Republican argument hold any water? Which candidate is more likely to suffer the slings and arrows of these attacks? What’s the factual evidence on both sides?

GUESTS

Tim Miller, deputy communications director, Republican National Committee

Melanie Roussell, national press secretary, Democratic National Committee


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