Off-Shoring, the Attack and Defense

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Victor Motley, left, and Sharyn Kenchen, volunteers with Organizing for America, President Obama's re-election campaign arm, make phone calls to potential supporters in the group's Richmond headquarters.

Vice President Joe Biden, attack-dog-in-chief, has joined the off-shoring chorus.

And Camp Romney is fighting back.

Biden, campaigning  in Waterloo, Iowa, home of a large Deere & Co. manufacturing facility, accused Republican Mitt Romney today of “making a lot of money facilitating the outsourcing and off-shoring of American jobs.”

“So give Mitt Romney credit,” Biden said in prepared remarks distributed by the Obama campaign. “He is a job creator. In Singapore. And China. And India.”

That’s a ruse, responds Andrea Saul, spokeswoman for the Romney campaign. Biden has “doubled down” on “misleading attacks” designed to distract voters from President Barack Obama’s failed efforts on the $831 billion economic stimulus program — and we still have unemployment at 8.2 percent — Saul says.

“President Obama has failed to meet his own standard for lowering unemployment because he has no idea what it takes to get our economy moving again,” Saul said in an e-mailed statement.

The back-and-forth went on for much of the day.

While Romney campaigned in Virginia, the Obama campaign issued a Virginia campaign ad criticizing Bain Capital LLC’s investments in firms that the Washington Post said shipped jobs overseas, labeling Romney the “outsourcer-in-chief.”

Saul suggested that the Obama administration has done its fair share of enriching foreign manufacturers, too. She cited an ABC News story from 2010 that almost 80 percent of the $2 billion spent on wind power in the stimulus program flowed to foreign manufacturers.

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