Democratics accuse Romney of outsourcing jobs

Democratic leaders have accused Mitt Romney of being pioneer of outsourcing jobs to overseas and stacking his money in foreign banks.

Updated: Sep 05, 2012, 12:52 PM IST

Charlotte: Democratic leaders have accused wealthy Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney of being pioneer of outsourcing jobs to overseas and stacking his money in foreign banks.

"Mitt Romney, he lives by a different code. To him, American workers are just numbers on a spreadsheet. To him, all profits are created equal whether made on our shores or off," former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland said.

"That`s why companies that Romney invested in were dubbed outsourcing pioneers. Now, you know our nation was built by pioneers, pioneers who accepted untold risks in pursuit of freedom, not by pioneers seeking offshore profits at the expense of American workers here at home," he said.

"Romney proudly wrote an op-ed entitled, let Detroit go bankrupt. You know, if he had had his way, devastation would have cascaded from Michigan to Ohio and across the nation. Romney never saw the point of building something when he could profit by tearing it down. If Mitt was Santa Claus, he would fire the reindeer and outsource the elves," Strickland said.

Mary Kay Henry, International President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), said when Romney was starting out in business, he invested in the companies that were pioneers in outsourcing.

"He loaded up companies with debt, and, when they went bankrupt, he walked away with profits while workers lost their health care, their pensions and even their jobs," he alleged.

"Instead of improving public safety and public education like President Obama, Mitt Romney says we need less police officers, firefighters and teachers. Instead of safeguarding our seniors, Romney and Ryan would end the guarantee of Medicare and replace it with a voucher in order to give bigger tax breaks to billionaires.

Instead of investing in America, they hide their money in Swiss bank accounts and ship our jobs to China!" alleged the Maryland Governor, Martin O`Malley.

"Swiss bank accounts never built an American bridge. Swiss bank accounts don`t put cops on the beat or teachers in our classrooms. Swiss bank accounts never created American jobs!" he said.

Never in the modern US history, alleged Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, someone is trying so hard to hide himself from the people he hopes to serve.

"When you look at the one tax return he has released, it`s obvious why. It`s obvious why there`s only been one. We learned that he pays a lower tax rate than middle-class families. We learned he chose Swiss bank accounts and Cayman Island tax shelters over American institutions," Reid alleged.