Obama, Romney Campaigns Spar Over China

But the Romney campaign has not been 100 percent factual either. In an ad released last week, Romney attacks President Obama for "failing" to be tough against China's "cheating" trade practices. The GOP candidateaccuses Obama of letting 582,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs disappear under his watch while China's manufacturing sector grew to the largest in the world, outpacing the United States for the first time in history.

"President Obama promised to take China 'to the mat,' but instead he has allowed China to treat the United States like a doormat," Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul said. "Mitt Romney will stand up for American workers, make sure China plays by the rules, protect intellectual property rights, and ensure that more jobs are created here in America."

The Obama campaign fired back on Saturday, releasing a video of Obama's deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter pointing out that the major manufacturing job losses Romney cites in the ad all took place in Obama's first six months in office, "before his policies took effect."

In Ohio on Monday, Obama sought to defend his record on China, announcing that his administration is bringing another complaint against China to the World Trade Organization claiming the country is unfairly subsidizing auto parts to draw auto manufacturing to China.

"Those subsidies directly harm working men and women on the assembly line in Ohio and Michigan and across the Midwest," Obama said at a campaign rally this morning. "It's not right; it's against the rules; and we will not let it stand."

This is the second complaint the administration has launched against China in the past two months. Both charges have come during a week that Obama has campaigned in Ohio, where 13 percent of the state's residents works in manufacturing.

In July Obama challenged the duties China collects on U.S.-made automobiles, claiming the duties are "unfair" and disproportionately harm automakers that received bailout money.

Romney responded to the president's speech Monday, saying Obama's latest World Trade Organization complaint was "too little, too late for American businesses and middle class families."

"President Obama's credibility on this issue has long since vanished," Romney said.

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