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Obama hits Romney for 'outsourcing' jobs overseas

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President Obama on Friday accused Mitt Romney of overseeing businesses that sent jobs overseas when he ran Bain Capital — the private equity firm that helped build the credentials Mr. Romney said make him the right man to rebuild the U.S. economy.

The Washington Post reported Friday that during the time Mr. Romney ran Bain, it owned companies that were “pioneers” in shipping work to overseas call centers or manufacturers. Mr. Obama seized on the report in a campaign event in Tampa, Fla.

“Tampa, we don’t need an outsourcing pioneer in the Oval Office. We need a president who will fight for American jobs and America manufacturing,” the president said.

The Romney campaign has challenged the article, saying it conflates outsourcing in the U.S. — which means paying other American companies to do tasks — with shipping jobs overseas.

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