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Obama reminds Ohio voters: Romney opposed bailout


A flyer distributed by the AFL-CIO in Ohio.


KENT, OH – At two stops in Ohio on Wednesday, President Barack Obama hammered away at Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney for his lack of support for the auto industry bailout and for investing in companies that moved jobs to China. Neither line of attack is new, but both continue to allow the president to paint Romney as an outsourcer and out of touch.

“He's been talking tough on China. He says he's going to take the fight to them. He's going to go after these cheaters,” Obama said. “I've got to admit that message … is better than what he's actually done about this thing. It sounds better than talking about all the years he spent profiting from companies that sent our jobs to China.”

Obama added: “When you hear this newfound outrage, when you see these ads he's running promising to get tough on China, it feels a lot like that fox saying, ‘You know, we need more secure chicken coops.’”

A new CBS/New York Times poll shows Obama leading in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, Romney is focused on wooing the swing state of Ohio which has been won by every Republican who ever became president. NBC's Ron Allen reports.

In Ohio, where about 12 percent of jobs are tied to the auto industry, the president likes to use this line: “When my opponent said we should just let Detroit go bankrupt ... that would have meant walking away from an industry that supports one in eight Ohio jobs.”

Almost always, the audience boos and the president follows up with, “Don’t boo. Vote.”  

The Ohio AFL-CIO, one of the state’s biggest unions, has made the auto bailout message one of their three main bullet points of support for Obama. A flyer distributed by the union states, “Obama took a principled stand to reinvest in the American auto industry, saving a million good jobs and millions more that depend on the auto industry.”

Obama even managed to turn a verbal gaffe during his appearance at Kent State University into a Romney dig when he said, “I want to see us export more jobs.” The president quickly corrected himself and then joked, “I’m sorry, I was channeling my opponent for a second.”