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Obama seizes on Bain and 'offshoring' in New Hampshire

Carolyn Kaster / AP

President Barack Obama speaks at Oyster River High School in Durham, N.H.

 

DURHAM, NH -- President Obama hammered away at his presumptive Republican challenger's business career, latching onto reports that Bain Capital had invested in companies that engaged in offshoring during Romney's time at the company's helm.

The president, speaking in a swing state where Romney owns a home, mocked the former Massachusetts governor's campaign for attempting to distinguish between "offshoring" and "outsourcing" in its explanation.

"Yesterday his advisers were asked about this, and they tried to clear this up by telling us there's actually a difference between outsourcing and offshoring. That's what they said. You cannot make this stuff up,” the president joked to a booing crowd. He continued, “What Governor Romney and his advisers don't seem to understand is this, if you're a worker whose job went overseas, you don't need somebody trying to explain to you the difference between outsourcing and offshoring.”

What went unmentioned during the president's appearance before 1,200 sweaty New Hampshireites at an un-air conditioned high school gym was the Supreme Court's decision today on the controversial Arizona immigration law.

Aside from a written statement this morning, the closest the president came to speaking about immigration was when he touted his plan to hold off on deporting illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children.

"You can decide whether or not it's time to stop denying citizenship to responsible young people just because they're the children of undocumented workers who have been growing up with our kids…and want to contribute to this country," he told the audience.

A campaign official said to not expect any more reaction from the president on the Supreme Court ruling other than this morning's paper statement.