Obama's New Ad Hits Romney On Outsourcing Jobs
President Obama's new advertisement features Romney singing 'America the Beautiful,' noting he is a job outsourcer, adding fuel to the Bain debate.
(Image Source: Obama For America ) BY KERRY LEARY ANCHOR NEVILLE MILLER The debate between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney is only getting more intense. Mr. Obama released a new advertisement Saturday saying, you guessed it, Romney outsourced jobs from the United States. It’s the fourth ad his campaign released this week. Here’s a look . “Oh beautiful, for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain. For purple mountain’s majesty...” The latest controversy started when Mr. Obama highlighted Romney’s role in Bain Capital, a private equity firm. WCBS-TV reports: “Romney says he was on a leave of absence when Bain outsourced jobs from 1999 to 2001. Documents filed with the SEC have Romney as Bain's CEO. Romney says the Obama campaign is trying to change the focus from the real issues.” The ads put Romney on the defensive. He conducted several interviews Friday to explain himself and demand an apology from the president. NBC’s Peter Alexander asked Romney if it would be fair for him to claim he created j obs at Bain Capital after 1999 when he allegedly left the company. Romney’s response was: “If you're responsible for starting a business and it grows and adds a lot of jobs in the coming years, then I'm happy to point out that my involvement was in helping get that business started and seeing it grow over the years.” Outsourcing American jobs is becoming a scapegoat for both candidates — each has blamed the other for being an “outsourcer in chief.” But a writer for the Christian Science Monitor said neither are to blame. “...it wouldn't be fair to view either the president or his Republican rival as a prime culprit in the shift of US jobs overseas. That trend became well established without either of them playing a central role. But some economists say it's valid to find some fault with both leaders on the issue of jobs moving offshore.” Doyle McManus, a writer for the Los Angeles Times, focuses on a different perspective, noting this summer should be called, “the attack-dog days of summer.” “ … the presidential campaign has rampaged along at full force, fueled by millions of dollars in donations and polls that seem locked in a virtual tie ... That's how we find ourselves in midsummer arguing not over the best way to revive the economy or to fix the healthcare system but over exactly when Mitt Romney left his job at Bain Capital ... Those aren't the issues that will decide this election.” Mr. Obama’s newest ad will run in nine swing states.