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Obama and Romney use China as a campaign argument

Associated Press Modified: September 17, 2012 at 4:45 pm •  Published: September 17, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an election that may be decided on the strength of the American economy, President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are looking to China to score political points as they compete for political support from working-class voters.

But both candidates also are taking some heat about their dealings with the communist superpower.

Republicans accuse Obama of failing to follow through on promises to crack down on China's trade policies. Democrats, meanwhile, raise questions about Romney's leadership of a private equity firm that invested in companies operating in China.

At a campaign stop in Cincinnati, Obama charged that Romney made money from companies that outsourced jobs to China while running the private equity firm Bain Capital. Romney is accusing Obama of ignoring China for too long.


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