UPDATE: Biden hammers Romney for outsourcing jobs during Waterloo stop

2012-06-26T16:45:00Z 2012-10-02T13:18:19Z UPDATE: Biden hammers Romney for outsourcing jobs during Waterloo stopby JON ERICSON, jonathan.ericson@wcfcourier.com Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

WATERLOO, Iowa --- Vice President Joe Biden hammered on Mitt Romney over outsourcing as he worked to fire up about 400 Barack Obama supporters Tuesday in Waterloo.

Biden supported the Obama campaign’s economic message on his “Strengthening the Middle Class” tour, doing so by criticizing Romney and his record on outsourcing jobs at Bain Capital and as governor of Massachusetts.

He said Romney has a record of creating jobs, but the problem is many of them have been overseas.

In opening his speech, Biden spoke of how in his first visit to Waterloo in 1974, the economy was going strong. John Deere had 16,000 employees and Rath Packing was solid.

Speaking at the UAW Local 838 hall, he saved his most inspired words for the value of union workers.

“Then we ran into something we hadn’t heard of before — outsourcing,” Biden said.

Biden talked about how Mitt Romney and Bain Capital worked with companies to outsource jobs overseas. He said Romney’s talk on creating jobs is full of empty promises.

“There’s a huge disconnect between what he says, what he means and what he does,” Biden said.

The vice president praised Romney’s role as family man, but criticized Romney’s business approach and how it would apply to governing.

“Yeah, they made a lot of money, but in the process they devastated manufacturing here in America. They devastated the Midwest and they devastated my home state of Delaware,” Biden said. “So give Mitt Romney credit. He is a job creator. In Singapore. And China. And India.”

He spoke of the struggles in Iowa with Deere shedding jobs and Rath closing its doors.

“When Barack and I got elected we were determined to restore the middle class,” Biden said.

Supporters in Waterloo held blue signs with a simple message, “Forward. Barack Obama.”

Prior to Biden’s speech, a video played showing the economic problems Obama faced as he first took office. The video, narrated by Tom Hanks, included interviews with former President Bill Clinton and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

It detailed the bailout of automakers and financial industries and repeated the risks associated with letting large components of the economy falter.

The video also highlighted Obama’s national security leadership, including the order to launch the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, drawing applause and cheers from the packed house.

As Biden toured Iowa, the Obama campaign put out a new Iowa-specific TV ad that played off of a Washington Post story that some companies Mitt Romney worked with were early adopters of outsourcing jobs beyond America’s borders.

The ad asks “does Iowa really want an outsourcer-in-chief in the White House?”

While Biden focused on Romeny outsourcing, the Washington Post’s fact checking site said many of those claims are questionable and the Romney campaign pushed back on the accuracy of the claims.

They also painted Obama as someone who has outsourced jobs, pointing to clean energy jobs that went overseas.

Diana Harwood, a neighborhood volunteer for the Obama campaign in Cedar Falls, said Iowa will be crucial for winning the campaign and encouraged supporters to volunteer for the campaign.

“Obama needs Iowa to win,” Harwood said to applause. “Remember Florida, Florida, Florida? Well this time it’s Iowa, Iowa, Iowa.”

Waterloo Mayor Buck Clark talked up the economic progress the city has been making in recent years, including expansion by John Deere.

“We were fortunate here in the Cedar Valley the great recession caused by eight years of failed Bush policy didn’t hit us as hard as in other places,” Clark said.

Biden called Buck Clark a “good, close personal friend.” He went on to say all politics are personal.

Shawn McCoy, Iowa communications director for the Mitt Romney campaign, countered Biden’s visit with a statement questioning the economic direction of the country.

“President Obama’s policies have failed the middle class. Under President Obama, median household income has dropped and nearly one in five Iowans have experienced economic insecurity while rising insurance premiums, gas prices and grocery bills have put a squeeze on family budgets," McCoy said.

"Governor Romney understands we need a new direction and will put policies in place starting Day One to move our country in a new direction,” he added.

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  1. BIL
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    BIL - July 03, 2012 10:56 am
    thebigguy128 said: "Government Motors closed hundred of dealerships, putting thousands people out of work. Then, Government Motors built plants in China. And the Human Gaffe Track wants to talk about outsourcing? I doubt he even knows the definition."

    GM has had plants in China since at least 1998. Those plants build cars to be sold in the Asian market, because that keeps costs down. This is the same thing foreign automakers do when they build plants in the US. GM building plants in China had nothing to with the auto bailouts or Obama. It's standard business practice and has been for some time.
  2. werkinfuralivin
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    werkinfuralivin - June 30, 2012 7:48 pm
    Deere was fundamentally involved with creating the India software outsourcing industry. Do a Google search on Deere "Little India" and you will see how Deere eliminated programmer jobs in the US so they could send the work to India. Shortage of talent? Let's try cheaper labor, more money for the 2nd floor.
  3. buckman
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    buckman - June 29, 2012 5:08 pm
    Like it or not there is nothing like a war to get the country producing goods and creating jobs.WW2 got us out of the depression and another "big" war would get our economy going again now. My vote is that we declare war, on Canada as they are close and have the resources to be worth fighting for. Mexico would be too easy and we would just inherit a bunch of their problems in the post war reconstruction that we would feel obligated to pay for.
  4. badtoe
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    badtoe - June 28, 2012 7:00 am
    Those who think Romney actually created jobs are kidding themselves. The people who think Obama hasn't created jobs are just as foolish. Step away from the radio and television lies where the commentators provide half truths. Do some actual research and you'll find we still have a lot of work to improve but it's on the right track. Romney would put right back in the mess that W left us in.
  5. rustic4
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    rustic4 - June 27, 2012 7:09 pm
    scooterbug said: "You are the one in need of a clue, "friend". But keep gulping down that union/dem koolaid. Ignorance is bliss, I've heard. "

    And YOUR wages and benefits are in NO WAY attributed to Unions -- Right
  6. conservativeme
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    conservativeme - June 27, 2012 12:27 pm
    dregstudios said: "Romney is a Vampire in Mormon Clothing… under his leadership, Bain gutted companies, sucking them dry and leaving families in shambles without work or a means to provide for their children. Is this the type of leader we want? Read more about the role of Romney’s blood money in this election and the power of his sacred undergarments at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/05/mitt-romneys-magic-mormon-underwear.html"

    Funny thing is dreg, that Romney saved or created more jobs than he lost, can't say the same about the man in the white house. Then plugging your own web/blog site, nice....
  7. conservativeme
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    conservativeme - June 27, 2012 12:22 pm
    rustic2012 said: "Not sure how many comments you are seeing on your page but "BUCK" is nonexistent on my page- Is he another made up ghostly figure republicans like you create when they need to generate controversy? "

    Hey, Rust. Do you even read the articles before you comment or do you just jump in and attack? If you had read it you would have seen the quote from our mayor, Buck Clark. Then your conspiracy comment on "ghostly figures" just made me laugh. You keep up that wonderful job you are doing on supporting the liberal adjenda. Make us proud.
  8. reojoe
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    reojoe - June 27, 2012 9:25 am
    Captian Bruisin' said: "Government regulation, lawsuits and failed union practices are the root cause of lost jobs in America... and these 400 malcontents and nitwits cheer on, financially support and vote for an expansion of these failed policies.Go figure?"

    Coming from the biggest supporter of unions in the Cedar Valley, us union folks appreciate your continued support of us and our efforts!

    Keep up the good work supporting unions in America!

  9. Kernel
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    Kernel - June 27, 2012 8:50 am
    I like how the Romney spokesperson blames Obama for a systemic problem like medical insurance premium costs. These are the same people fighting individual mandates so more uninsured people can go to the ER to fix their problems, instead of using regular preventive care that costs less and benefits us all.

    Never mind that every single man, woman, and child should have access to medical coverage in the richest nation int he world.
  10. John Moeller
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    John Moeller - June 27, 2012 2:48 am
    rustic2012 said: "Friend, ---it always boils down to those high direct labor costs and never mis-management or the higher indirect labor costs....... oh and BTW it's no longer outsourcing "repubs" are now calling it off-shoring. When is enough enough? " One of the most amazing things I read was - "A corporation does not have the right to exsist" and it took managers as well as the union to search for common ground - and now we have six-year contracts ..... WHY ?

  11. John Moeller
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    John Moeller - June 27, 2012 2:43 am
    azne69 said: "Joe's a little out of touch with the rest of the world about Rath & John Deere's. If you don't make money you can't survive. Companies either go belly up or outsource for cheaper labor." Well said, John Deere for example did two great thing in that time period, and it was allowing smaller companies to produce parts that arrived -JUST IN TIME - to Deere's specifications. It lowered inventory and storage problems. And they also improved leadership training and quality. Quality instead of quanity became a reality of new world competion from abroad.

  12. timbrackett
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    timbrackett - June 27, 2012 2:23 am
    Captian Bruisin' said: "Government regulation, lawsuits and failed union practices are the root cause of lost jobs in America... and these 400 malcontents and nitwits cheer on, financially support and vote for an expansion of these failed policies.Go figure?"

    So true...why, just a couple of years ago these malcontents forced JD's hand by refusing to make concessions. Instead, they demanded more. And now, JD is operating at record losses. If only these 400 "malcontents and nitwits" had made concessions, then perhaps JD would be operating at record profits instead. (And those record profits could go to shareholders who hide money in offshore accounts to evade taxes instead of supporting the American middle class.)

    Alas...
  13. breeze
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    breeze - June 27, 2012 1:41 am
    You people who are blaming unions for lost jobs are lost yourselves. If the unions were stronger I can guarantee you that NO jobs would be outsourced! Unions are not to blame, minimum wage is too high of a wage to compete with third world countries. Unfair trade practices, undervalued currency, slave labor conditions, osha, all combine to make America overpriced when it comes to labor.
  14. scooterbug
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    scooterbug - June 26, 2012 7:47 pm
    rustic4 said: "You really don't have a clue do you..... --just sayin --you been "Bruisined" too many times......"

    You are the one in need of a clue, "friend". But keep gulping down that union/dem koolaid. Ignorance is bliss, I've heard.
  15. Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill - June 26, 2012 7:46 pm
    Not that anything a conservative would say here would change anyone's mind, but people don't go into business to create jobs for their neighbors. They start a business to fill a need and make money. Yes, make money, and if they have to move elsewhere to make money they will do it. The one thing you union people forget is the need to be productive, so the company will make money and stay here. That along with a sound tax policy that doesn't punish a business for doing well. Something Obama and the Dems have forgotten.
  16. rustic4
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    rustic4 - June 26, 2012 6:04 pm
    Captian Bruisin' said: "Government regulation, lawsuits and failed union practices are the root cause of lost jobs in America... and these 400 malcontents and nitwits cheer on, financially support and vote for an expansion of these failed policies.Go figure?"

    You really don't have a clue do you..... --just sayin --you been "Bruisined" too many times......
  17. dregstudios
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    dregstudios - June 26, 2012 5:43 pm
    Romney is a Vampire in Mormon Clothing… under his leadership, Bain gutted companies, sucking them dry and leaving families in shambles without work or a means to provide for their children. Is this the type of leader we want? Read more about the role of Romney’s blood money in this election and the power of his sacred undergarments at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/05/mitt-romneys-magic-mormon-underwear.html
  18. Captian Bruisin'
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    Captian Bruisin' - June 26, 2012 5:04 pm
    Government regulation, lawsuits and failed union practices are the root cause of lost jobs in America... and these 400 malcontents and nitwits cheer on, financially support and vote for an expansion of these failed policies.

    Go figure?

  19. catsndogs
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    catsndogs - June 26, 2012 3:41 pm
    I was making about 40,000/year and my job got outsourced last January. I stayed with the outsourcing company because they promised us the hourly wage we were making for the first 3 months. They prolonged it a little longer, and when we go to production, I will be making less than minimum wage, as well as my coworkers from the previous place that got rid of us after years and years of loyalty (Iowa Health Systems). They do also send a lot of work overseas. But whose to blame, technology, IHS, the president past and previous. The big companies just want to make $ no matter how or what they have to do, even sending it overseas.
  20. rustic2012
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    rustic2012 - June 26, 2012 2:40 pm
    conservativeme said: "Buck, I can't believe that your spouted the tired line "8 failed years of Bush policies" when you know that the blame can be spread to both sides. You must have got caught up in the "Biden fever". : )"

    Not sure how many comments you are seeing on your page but "BUCK" is nonexistent on my page- Is he another made up ghostly figure republicans like you create when they need to generate controversy?
  21. rustic2012
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    rustic2012 - June 26, 2012 2:33 pm
    azne69 said: "Joe's a little out of touch with the rest of the world about Rath & John Deere's. If you don't make money you can't survive. Companies either go belly up or outsource for cheaper labor."

    Friend, ---it always boils down to those high direct labor costs and never mis-management or the higher indirect labor costs....... oh and BTW it's no longer outsourcing "repubs" are now calling it off-shoring. When is enough enough?
  22. thebigguy128
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    thebigguy128 - June 26, 2012 2:21 pm
    Government Motors closed hundred of dealerships, putting thousands people out of work. Then, Government Motors built plants in China. And the Human Gaffe Track wants to talk about outsourcing? I doubt he even knows the definition.
  23. conservativeme
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    conservativeme - June 26, 2012 11:57 am
    Buck, I can't believe that your spouted the tired line "8 failed years of Bush policies" when you know that the blame can be spread to both sides. You must have got caught up in the "Biden fever". : )
  24. azne69
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    azne69 - June 26, 2012 11:23 am
    Joe's a little out of touch with the rest of the world about Rath & John Deere's. If you don't make money you can't survive. Companies either go belly up or outsource for cheaper labor.
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