White House spokesman Jay Carney Wednesday accused Republicans of engaging in childhood playground taunts over the issue of outsourcing.
“I think there is an element of ‘I know you, are but what am I?’ to this story,” Mr. Carney told reporters during his daily briefing.
Democrats and the president have spent months assailing Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital, accusing him of promoting the idea of outsourcing American jobs to countries like India and Indonesia during his time there.
Republicans this week tried to turn the tables on the Obama administration by charging Mr. Obama with failing to crackdown on trade imbalances with China and promoting federal stimulus projects that went to multinational corporations, some of which opened factories overseas.
Mr. Carney brushed aside such outsourcing comparisons, arguing that the label of “outsourcer in chief” “doesn’t pass the laugh test.”
Team Romney has also vehemently denied promoting moving American jobs overseas as a cost-cutting measure.
A a campaign stop in Colorado Tuesday, Mr. Romney called the Obama campaign attacks “false and misleading” and decided it was time to try to go on offense.
“It is interesting that when it comes to outsourcing, that this president has been outsourcing a good deal of American jobs himself by putting money into energy companies, solar and wind energy companies that end up making their products outside the United States,” he said. “If there’s an ‘outsourcer in chief,’ it’s the President of the United States, not the guy who’s running to replace him.”