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Obama mocks Romney's get tough with China vow

Published on Sep 27, 2012 6:03 AM
US President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally at the Kent State University on September 26, 2012 in Kent, Ohio. -- PHOTO: AFP

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AFP) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday mocked Mitt Romney's get tough with China rhetoric, saying his foe's record of making money in China meant he would be like a fox guarding a chicken coop.

Mr Obama and Mr Romney clashed on trade with the giant Asian economy at duelling political events in Ohio, a key mid-western swing state which has seen thousands of blue collar jobs migrate to low cost economies abroad, including China.

"He's been talking tough on China," Mr Obama said of his White House challenger at an event in the college town of Bowling Green.

"He says he's going to take the fight to them; he's going to go after these cheaters," Mr Obama said, before accusing Mr Romney of spending years investing some of his money in United States (US) firms that outsourced jobs to China.

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