China is really becoming the go-to whipping boy in the US election. We reported on President Obama’s latest ad attacking Romney for outsourcing jobs to “Chinese sweatshops”, now here comes Romney attacking the President for failing to “stand up to China”.
The Washington Post’s fact checker however, finds Romney’s ad to be “misleading“:
The Romney ad states that Obama had seven opportunities to take action against China. The average viewer — having limited knowledge of U.S.-China relations— could easily assume that the first claim relates to fighter-jet technology and intellectual-property theft, but it actually refers to currency manipulation, which the campaign didn’t even mention.
The ad also said that Obama’s policies toward China have cost 2 million U.S. jobs. But it fails to mention that this figure applies to intellectual-property theft, and it technically refers to missed job opportunities, not jobs lost.
On top of conflating multiple issues, the ad overlooks steps the Obama administration has taken to address those problems, including currency manipulation to an extent. The Romney campaign earns Three Pinocchios.