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Mr. Romney also tried to turn the tables on Mr. Obama by alluding to a more-recent Post story that came down hard on Mr. Obama on a similar issue — the use of federal stimulus money to support companies that made products overseas.

“But 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 — that end up making their products outside the United States,” he said. “If there is an outsourcer-in-chief, it is the president of the United States, not the guy who is running to replace him.”