Obama touts his record on China
President Obama speaks at a campaign event at Eden Park in Cincinnati, Ohio.
September 17th, 2012
02:32 PM ET

Obama touts his record on China

Cincinnati, OH (CNN) - The presidential campaign took on an international tone on Monday with both sides criticizing the other’s record on trade relations with China.

Just hours after the Romney campaign released a new ad promising to “crack down on cheaters like China,” President Obama announced at an outdoor rally here that his administration is launching a new enforcement action against China with the World Trade Organization (WTO) for providing illegal subsidies on automotive exports.

“We have brought more trade cases against Chinas in one term than the previous administration did in two,” the president told a crowd of more than 4,000. “And every case we have brought that has been decided we have won.”

Although the administration claims this complaint has been in the works for some time, with one out of every eight Ohio jobs tied to the auto industry, Monday’s announcement gave the president a nice rallying cry for his two-stop visit to the Buckeye State. During his 12 visits to the state so far this year, the president has frequently touted his role in keeping the industry afloat as a major contributor to Ohio’s resurgent economy.

During his remarks, the president took the opportunity to remind voters that back in 2009 Mitt Romney opposed the auto bailout. Mr. Obama also tried to make the case that during his time in the private sector, Romney took advantage of some of the same trading practices he now decries.

“He has been running around Ohio claiming he is going to roll up his sleeves and he is going to take the fight to China,” Obama said. “Here’s the thing, his experience has been owning companies that have been called pioneers in outsourcing jobs to countries like China. He made money investing in companies that uprooted from here and went to China. Pioneers! Now Ohio, you can’t stand up to China when all you have done is sent them our jobs. You can talk a good game but I like to walk the walk not just talk the talk.”

The substance of the president’s announcement broke late Sunday night, and in response Mitt Romney released a statement early Monday morning dismissing the new WTO complaint as nothing more than politics.

“President Obama has spent 43 months failing to confront China's unfair trade practices,” Romney said in the statement. “Campaign-season trade cases may sound good on the stump, but it is too little, too late for American businesses and middle-class families. President Obama’s credibility on this issue has long since vanished.”

Topics: 2012 Election • China • Ohio • President Obama

soundoff (75 Responses)
  1. myviewis

    Obama is just waiting to see what Romney will promise so he can do it first.

    Just like with Hurricane Isaac, Romney went to visit the victims in Louisiana first so Obama also went to visit the victims even though Obama waited 6 days and went after campaigning a whole day.

    Now what about enforcing on Mexico and Indonesia because Obama increased tariffs on China on the tire imports but then the tires starting coming in from Mexico and Indonesia and the tariffs had no real impact.

    September 17, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • MONA

      You're an idiot

      September 17, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
      • Beth

        Wow that is constructive dialogue

        September 18, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
    • Lionel

      Is Mitt doing another flip or is it a flop. After sending hundred of thousands of jobs overseas, he wants to bring then back home. Oh, the nerve of this man.

      He wants the presidency on a silver platter and thinks that he deserves the presidency. Well, he needs to earn it.

      Where are your tax returns Mitts. We haven't forgotten about them. How about your offshore accounts in the Caymans and Bahamas.

      September 17, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
      • myviewis

        I guess you missed reading Fact Check where they stated that they found no evidence that Governor Romney shipped American jobs overseas while he was running Bain Capital.

        September 17, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
      • jean2009

        @viewless...I would suggest reading "Romney TalksTough on China but Romney and Bain Bought Chinese Factory" by Bill Buck at dfw.cbslocal for 9/17/2012.

        September 17, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
    • Francisco Decastro

      Obama waited 6 days because there was nothing to do there. He gave the orders and people were working. If he went there it would only stop people from working and getting better so they could listen to him? Get real man, he could only go there after everything finally settled. Obama is smart. Romney went earlier just to try to make Obama look bad, while Obama handled everything without having to go there and stop people from working. When everything quieted down, since the hurricane was there for a good 3 days, Obama went there because finally people could sit down and listen. Obama is the PRESIDENT. So he acts as PRESIDENT. Romney is a PRESIDENT WANNABE. so he acts as a PRESIDENT WANNABE.

      September 17, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
      • myviewis

        And those are the same words you had for President Bush and he was heavily accused, mocked, ridiculed because he got to New Orleans 3 days after Hurricane Katrina hit. And you guys trashed Bush because he also had given instructions without having made his way to Louisiana. And you mocked him, trashed him because on his way back to Washington he flew over the floods of New Orleans to get an idea what they were dealing with so he could better give instructions. Obama waited 6 days because he was campaigning.

        September 17, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
      • bb

        Waited 6 days??? has he been waiting four years to fix the economy???, waiting four yrs to cut the deficet in half???, waiting 4 yrs to close gitmo???, Get freaking real do u believe the b.s. u r spewing ??

        September 17, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        @ myviewis, I agree with you. Bush was vilified for keeping GITMO open. Just two days into Obama's administration he claimed that it would be closed. That it was our moral failure for keeping it open. Well almost 4 years after, the place is still open, and his supporters cheer. Obama owes President Bush an apology.

        September 17, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
      • trooperchix

        "So those are the words you had about GWB" Uh, different situation. Thousands were trapped and dying, clearly dying as we watched them hatchet their way out of the roofs of their homes, as we watched people respectfully cover dead bodies of our elderly as they were pushed into corners while people screamed for help and food at the Superdome.. Yeah, big difference genius.

        September 19, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
    • eavesdrop

      When you post make sure you know the facts !! As the president said his administration has brought more charges against China in one term than Bush in two terms.... Where do Romney come into that?
      Also the people in Louisiana falls into that 47% bracket that Romney has been secretly taped talking about.
      While Obama gets things done without making public statements.... If you can only be bothered to get the facts!!

      September 17, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    He orchestrated ONE complaint with the WTO, so now he wants to politicize that one complaint, made only this week???

    Come on, people, the obvious political ploy involved here, should be slamming you in the face, like a ton of bricks!

    September 17, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
    • Jim Doyle

      I guess you missed the part where it said that the Obama administration has filed twice as many complaints against China's unfair trade practices in 4 years, as Bush did in 8 years. I guess you missed the part where Romney made millions by shipping jobs to China. Political ploy? Perhaps you should read the article before making stupid comments.

      September 17, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
      • West Coast

        Hmm, and Obama gave millions of taxpayers dollars to foreign companies and companies that planned to outsource. He also invested in companies that were obvious dead ends and then tried to bury the story. I guess you missed that part. Maybe you should stop making stupid comments too!

        September 17, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
      • myviewis

        According to FactCheck they couldn't find evidence that Romney while running Bain Capital shipped American jobs overseas nor that Romney was a Corporate Raider.

        September 17, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
      • bb

        And u believe this ???? the media is biased it has poisioned the American public, look next week for thier recant when they say well actually Bush did this or Bush did that , talk about shoting from the hip, At least Romney knows how to use a weapon, your jerk in office cant find his A$$ with both hands, enough 4 yrs all failures, solondra, fast & furious , i wont run agin if i dont cut deficet in half, I say man and Keep your word on just one freaking thing, for god sakes man wake the f up!! it aint gettin better

        September 17, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
      • DEcember 2012



        September 17, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
      • About what we expect

        Obama has filed token claims.. because he needs China to pay for his budget deficits. Keep an eye on the big picture.

        September 18, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
    • Lionel

      Mitt the Twit and his advisors are infighting. I am sure they are going to blame Obama for this.

      Look, the choice is clear as Bill Clinton said.

      Vote Republican to give billionaires and millionaires more tax cuts and crush the middle class.

      Vote Democrat to grow the middle class by investing in education, innovation and jobs.

      Latinos for Obama 2012

      September 17, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
      • myviewis

        Sweetie, there is no more middle class with Obama, most are standing in the unemployment line and some families are getting help from their parents. Wake up to reality.

        September 17, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
      • bb

        u mean slick willie who was convicted for perjury, how stupid can u be, for god sakes man pull your head out of your A$$

        September 17, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
      • Caramon

        Lionel, you are aware that poverty levels among the Hispanic community has increased 3 percent in the past 3.5 years. How is this helpful?

        September 17, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Why isn't saying "Mitt the Twit" hate speech?

        September 17, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
      • DEcember 2012



        September 17, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
      • jean2009

        I know a lot of people who are middle class...I am middle class.

        September 17, 2012 at 10:04 pm |
    • eavesdrop

      I see you are keeping in tradition of Romney supporters Mis-informed Ill-advised Mis-guided and Devoid of the FACTS!!

      September 17, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
      • jean2009

        You could sum them up as....FAUXBOTS.

        September 17, 2012 at 10:05 pm |
  3. bb

    Touts ? what unemploy over 8% ?? for spending your childrens future,?? Fact the auto bail out was to keep the union money going into Oblunders pocket, face it this turd doesnt care for anyone but himself. Who in thier right mind would go on letterman while our embassy is being over run??? who would give a campaign speech over an Ambassadors coffin?? what is wrong with u people supporting this jerk?? he is and always will be about himself. look around it aint gettin better !!!

    September 17, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
    • Lionel

      Obama has done a great job considering the Republicans have tried to block everything he does.

      If Congress had passed the jobs bills we would have 1 million more jobs.

      Mitt the twit and his Repubtards caused an economic diaster and two wars and now they are complaining that he did not clean up the mess fast enough.

      Latinos for Obama 2012

      September 17, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
      • myviewis

        Sweetie, you must be in college, wait till you graduate and find out there are no jobs out there. You can't keep blaming Congress, Republicans, Bush, etc.... Obama can't handle the job of president, has no idea which way to go and we need to replace him before we find ourselves in bankruptcy.

        September 17, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
      • bb

        His job bills have had more crap attached to them than carter got pills (READ THEM I HAVE), Education is great but its about to become obsolete, because there are no JOBS, Not a Romney fan but he is a success and can create businees for JOBS. Oblunder is a lying crook, thats a fact. the repubs who i am of either have at least sent jon bills to the senate with no attachments, I HAVE READ SOME, some even make sense, call out Reid and Pelosi to freaking due something besides point and blame, if u r a college student u have access to this . PLEASE educate your mind & A$$ will follow

        September 17, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
      • jean2009

        @viewless My children graduated they have jobs....my grandchildren graduated and they have jobs. Frankly those with any sense know the mess existed the day the president moved into the White House it wa waiting for him. He has done a remarkable job considering the facts and the obstuctions put in his way.

        Obama- Biden Jan. 2013-Jan. 2017!

        September 17, 2012 at 10:10 pm |
  4. Lookwhoistalking

    Good one Jim!

    September 17, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • bb

      very original NOT

      September 17, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  5. goodguy

    i normally would not post on something like this .. but realistically unemployment is higher then 8 percent those numbers only account for people who can actually apply for unemployment benefits / job services. I know more then a few people who generally stay away from any kind of unemployment job resource unless its a last option. there are a lot of people who lack the education and physical abilities to work a lot of the jobs that are freely available. and would rather go on disability then work those types of jobs .. here In Indianapolis its always been easy to get warehouse work or retail but the bulk of the employers her wont hire college grads despite there educational background or financial status.
    a lot of my personal friends were forced to move to other states in order to get employment in there perspective fields.
    we used to be a manufacturing based economy but with the massive trade imbalance we currently have with other countries it has eroded any positive gain either potential president has to offer short of eliminating free trade .. if we were to impose duty taxes on all imports no matter where it comes from we could reduce the national debt and allow for a more even playing field considering i doubt any one will read this .. and more then likely a vain effort at least i tried.

    September 17, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  6. nurseteacher

    hmm myviewis. I am the parent with a job and all of my children have jobs. We are also middle class, though we make junder $200,000. Guess what, we believe in Obama and will vote for him again. We believe in his honesty. We like his plan for Medicare, education, healthcare, and the economy. Go Obama/Biden 2012!

    September 17, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
    • bb

      Like his Honesty ?? is that a joke ??, How many freaking lies does this turd need to be caught in b-4 you and your children pull your head out. If u r a teacher than your educated (maybe) , just read Oblunder care and just a few bills he has passed, I BEG U read the crap this jerk is doing to America. r u a homeowner read Oblunder care, want your children to inherit anything, read oblunder care sell your house read oblunder care what does this have to do with health ?? nothing thats why u need to read oblunder care . just like the rest of the dumbo craps NOTHING BUT DUMB SHEEP. when u cant feed your kids (unemploy will rise again with the inept one) it will be to late

      September 17, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
    • Caramon

      nurseteacher. Good to know that you and your family are all employed. I am rather curious about your feelings over the rising deficit. Do you not believe this will eventually have an impact especially for your children?

      September 17, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
    • myviewis

      This is the promise of a 4 year attorney whose license expired 4 years after he got it and didn't bother to renew it. This is not a plan for our country, this is just more of the same he promised 4 years ago and we're still waiting while we are quickly going into bankruptcy. This guys even used most of his 2008 speech because he had nothing to write new. Obama has maxed out our monies. How much more can we borrow???????

      September 17, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
      • jean2009

        President Obama received his law license in 1991 and allowed it to expire in 2008. Which if my experience as a treasurer is correct was 17 years.

        Maintaing a law license requires considerable costs for renewal, plus the continuing education requirements to keep up with ruling on existing and on new laws takes both time and money.

        Q: Did Barack and Michelle Obama “surrender” their law licenses to avoid ethics charges?

        A: No. A court official confirms that no public disciplinary proceeding has ever been brought against either of them, contrary to a false Internet rumor. By voluntarily inactivating their licenses, they avoid a requirement to take continuing education classes and pay hundreds of dollars in annual fees. Both could practice law again if they chose to do so.

        So you can park that misinformation you are spreading.

        September 17, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        If you were a treasurer then someone needs to go back and check your numbers.
        According to factcheck.org
        Obama was admitted as a lawyer on Dec. 17, 1991. Four days after Obama announced that he would run for president in February 2007, he voluntarily elected to have his law license placed on “inactive” status.

        So, from Dec 17, 1991 until Feb 14, 2008 is 15 years, 1 month, 29 days excluding the end date.
        II can not find any recored of 'letting it expire' in 2008.

        September 18, 2012 at 9:05 am |
      • Jay in NC

        Arrrrg, should have said 2007.

        So, from Dec 17, 1991 until Feb 14, 2007 is 15 years, 1 month, 29 days excluding the end date.

        September 18, 2012 at 9:07 am |
      • Jay in NC

        Arrrrg, I should have said 2007. So, from Dec 17, 1991 until Feb 14, 2007 is 15 years, 1 month, 29 days excluding the end date.

        September 18, 2012 at 9:07 am |
      • jean2009

        @ Jay there is a difference between a list called "inactive" and a list called actually "expired". I am a person who has a license/accreditation to do a specific job. I can ask to go "inactive" but my accreditation does not expire until my current credits or funding actually has run to its end.

        September 18, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
      • jean2009

        @Jay He may have asked that his license be listed as "inactive" but in 2009 after the inauguration he asked it be listed as "retired". Not that any of this amounts to anything.

        September 18, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  7. nurseteacher


    September 17, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  8. Amayalive

    ROMNEY/RYAN 2012...we are DONE drinking the kool-aid, Mr. President. YOU changes your platform because Romney called you out on leaving GOD and Israel's capital out...YOU changed your plans and went to Louisiana because Romney beat you there...YOU disavowed the embassy statement because Romney came out and made a statement against it's message at a crucial moment, YOU made a phone call to PM Netanyahu because Romney called you out, now YOU publicize this schmeezly lawsuit with China because ROMNEY led the charge in his own campaign. Stop relying on mainstream media to think for you America!!

    September 17, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  9. NObama 2012

    Ok, it's been four years and even if you cheat the numbers there are millions of American out of work, Gas prices are double what they were four years ago because the middle east is on FIRE! Our national debt is beyond comprehension, 16 trillion dollars (11 trillion is federal and military pensions and social securtiy promises) and obama's plan is to increase taxes, loosen imigration laws, nationalize healthcare, increase EPA standards, tax corporations, and believe it or not increase income taxes not just on the wealthy but ALL Americans...when it is jobs we despirately need. Hed is a job killer because he just don't understand free market ideals and don't care to. Obama is an avowed Marxist and yes...this marxist ideology is obvious to those who will look.

    September 17, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
    • DEcember 2012



      September 17, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
    • jean2009

      All time national average high for gasoline was June & July 2008 at $4.21 per gallon the national average hasn't been that high since.

      September 17, 2012 at 10:17 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        It was bad then and it is bad now.

        September 18, 2012 at 7:06 am |
      • Caramon

        Absolutely correct. However, gas prices then decreased dramatically until around December 2008 to under 2 dollars. Going by several charts, the average cost of gasoline has been on a steady incline since February 2009. There have only been a few brief drops but nothing compared to 2008.

        September 18, 2012 at 10:41 am |
  10. Steve-Illinois

    Obama "touting" his record on China is equal to the Detroit Lions bragging about a first down during the season they never won a game. Economy in the tank, unemployment above 8% for longest time in 60 years, foreign policy a shambles! This gut is making Jimmy Carter look competent.

    September 17, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
  11. Dan B

    Romney Ryan 2012

    September 17, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
  12. Dan B

    And Romney only looks like he is losing because almost all polls over sample Democrats

    September 17, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
  13. RyanB

    Today, Romney lost the election. He doesnt care about "1/2 of Americans" and he makes it blatantly clear in the video just released. He also admits to being involved in the purchase of a work camp/factory in China which broke American labor laws by keeping employees locked in using fencing and barbed wire. Spin that kids.

    September 17, 2012 at 9:25 pm |
  14. november2012

    leftist know their only chance is lies and manipulation. If they tell a lie enough people will believe it.. a lie travels around the world while the truth gets its boots on. Marxist rely on this. If you understand what they want to do to you...most of you would not want it. So drink the obama-aid and pay the price.

    September 17, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
    • jean2009

      This report for January 9, 2009 which was 10 days before President Obama took office. From CNN Money.

      "NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - The hemorrhaging of American jobs accelerated at a record pace at the end of 2008, bringing the year's total job losses to 2.6 million or the highest level in more than six decades.

      A sobering U.S. Labor Department jobs report Friday showed the economy lost 524,000 jobs in December and 1.9 million in the year's final four months, after the credit crisis began in September.

      The unemployment rate rose to 7.2% last month from 6.7% in November – its highest rate since January 1993.

      The steep annual drop in jobs marked the highest yearly job-loss total since 1945, the year in which World War II ended.

      "We're seeing a complete unraveling of the labor market and are on track for getting beyond 10% unemployment," said Lawrence Mishel, president of the Economic Policy Institute.

      The total number of unemployed Americans rose by 632,000 to 11.1 million."

      That is a train wreck going over the cliff. Plus from October 1, 2008 to September 30, 2009 the country was operating on the Bush 2009 budget.

      We all know the truth of who wrecked the economy, and it wasn't thee current President.

      September 17, 2012 at 10:34 pm |
      • Kool-Aid Police

        I see you're right in que, he mentioned lies and and there you are!

        September 18, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
    • DEcember 2012


      September 18, 2012 at 12:38 am |
      • jean2009

        I doubt if they do. There have been so many they probably can't keep track, they would need a catalog to cross reference all the lies. That is why Mittens appears to flip-flop, or claims to have misspoke.. whenever he needs a do over

        September 18, 2012 at 11:52 am |
      • Bill in STL

        Hmmm you two don't seem to know either... Funny how first it was protests in Benghazi and now ... not so much... I wonder which is true????

        September 18, 2012 at 11:03 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        Oh yeah ... then there is the My mom could not get health care... when it was really disability she could not get....

        September 18, 2012 at 11:04 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        Then there was his preacher.... .and oh yeah the debt was gonna be lower... and jobs would be better and and and.... sounds like a pattern to me....

        September 18, 2012 at 11:05 pm |
  15. Roger

    Romney's oxymoron of the day. One that influenced the outsourcing of our middle class talks about Obama and his stance on China. Romney, The Koch Bros. and others like them will continue to take our middle class apart. Do not forget,
    "Corporations are People" and Romney will put an exclamation point on it.
    Re-elect Obama and turn the House in 2012. Remove the obstructions (Boehner et all) and help the recovery of our middle class.

    September 18, 2012 at 8:56 am |

    Obama's record on China is so good that he.., well,,, had to file a complaint with the WTO today about China.
    What a wonderful president Obama is..., NOT!

    September 18, 2012 at 9:44 am |
  17. About what we expect

    Obama promised to crack down on Chinese trade violations.. immediately followed by him begging them to buy more US debt to pay for his spending.

    September 18, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  18. jean2009

    Well Mitt! What do you have to say about the 49 multi-billion dollar corporations "corporations you consider people" which not only didn't pay any Federal income tax between 2008-2010 not once cent (nada-zip-zero-zilch). Corporations which also received a larger tax refund (billions) more than many of us can even comprehend. The very same greedy corporations which had their hand out for a bailout, which was due to the pickle they of their own doing had put us in....a bailout which was provided by raiding the retirement funds of Social Security, Veterans and Federal Employees Pension Fund among others. Many of them are the same fat cats who are bankrolling your campaign.

    Yes, 47% of the American people do not make enough income to pay federal income tax but it flies in the face of reason to think they do not pay taxes....if you own a car you pay taxes, if you ride the subway you pay taxes....if you buy toilet paper or laundry soap you pay taxes....if you own or rent property you are in one form or another paying taxes.

    September 18, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • NObama 2012

      and Mitt would say: To pay federal income taxes a corporation must show a profit. And, did these corps pay local taxes..property, utility taxes, FICA, health insurance, pensions...inventory taxes and a multitude of production taxes and etc... As usual Jean you use half truths and ignorance in an effort to raise negative feelings toward what you THINK is your enemies....when in fact these businesses are YOUR only hope for a solid future.

      September 18, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  19. NObama 2012

    The recession started December 2007 and ended June 2009. Poor President Bush suffered this in his last year. obutthead has had the benefit of no recession for the past two years...he just has not been able to create a pro-business climate that would produce jobs. Jobs jobs jobs.....we need a president who has an actual history of dealing with crisis sucessfully and knows how to create jobs. And that folks ins't the community organizer who is too busy campaigning to talk to Israel about the looming horror awaiting the world in the middl east. We need adult leadership...NOW!

    September 18, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  20. dontbow

    What hasn't he tried to tout, steal and bash. too bad he couldnt keep ANY of his promises from the campaign he ran in 2008. doesn't give him much clout now does it.

    September 18, 2012 at 9:34 pm |
  21. november2012

    the idiot tous his record on China while China pushes Japan (our loyal friend) around... war could be imminent and he manipulates the facts here as he does on everything. Everything he has had anything to do with is a mess.

    September 18, 2012 at 10:46 pm |
  22. bigthaw

    I think, all cnn anchors are shlls for obama...I think all cnn polls are phony

    September 19, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
  23. bigthaw

    redistribution....thats the american way...

    September 19, 2012 at 9:24 pm |