Obama campaign Web ad hits Romney on ‘offshoring’


Cutter not only cites instances from a Friday report in The Washington Post that focuses on Romney’s time at Bain Capital, but also said that Romney sent American jobs overseas while he was governor of Massachusetts.

“While he was Massachusetts governor, Romney had the chance to sign legislation that bans companies from shipping jobs overseas if they did business with the state. Now, that just makes good common sense. Unfortunately, he vetoed it,” Cutter said. “But as governor, he went even further, and actually outsourced state jobs to a call center in India. No wonder Massachusetts was 47th in the nation in job creation under Mitt Romney.”

The Romney campaign calls the story "fundamentally flawed," saying the Post account doesn’t distinguish between “offshoring,” or sending jobs overseas, and “outsourcing,” or hiring an outside company to take over work that is high-cost or low-margin for the company to perform itself.

“This is a fundamentally flawed story that does not differentiate between domestic outsourcing versus offshoring nor versus work done overseas to support U.S. exports. Mitt Romney spent 25 years in the real-world economy, so he understands why jobs come and they go," said Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul in a statement.