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Republicans are firing back at the Obama campaign over its attacks on presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s jobs record by arguing that the president is the one who has embraced shipping jobs overseas.

Appearing Tuesday morning on “Fox & Friends,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus accused President Obama’s $831 billion stimulus of paying for projects that sent money and jobs to foreign countries, with little benefit to the domestic economy.

Mr. Priebus also blasted the president’s proposal to extend Bush-era tax cuts for households earning less than $250,000 but letting the upper-level cuts expire, and he said RNC officials will follow Mr. Obama on his Tuesday visit to Iowa to get their message out.

“There’s more to this divisive ‘rich versus poor’ game that the president wants to play,” Mr. Priebus said, adding that he expects the expiring tax cuts to mean higher rates for 840,000 small businesses. “This is about raising taxes on small businesses, and that’s why a lot of Democrats don’t agree with it either.”

Some Democratic leaders have pushed recently to extend the Bush tax cuts on households making less than $1 million. Republicans want to extend the cuts for all earners for one year, saying it will create breathing space to tackle a broader overhaul of the entire tax code.

Top White House adviser David Plouffe defended the president’s economic policies Tuesday morning and repeated the Obama campaign’s criticism of Mr. Romney.

He also defended the campaign’s relentless attacks on Mr. Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital, though multiple independent fact-checkers largely have debunked the claims that Mr. Romney shipped jobs overseas when he was heading the firm.

“One fact: Mitt Romney wants to continue tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas,” Mr. Plouffe said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “Mitt Romney — it’s clear, in his private-sector experience, when he was governor — is someone who practiced in outsourcing.”

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