Romney Day One Would "Make China Play by the Rules."

Posted by scapozzola on 05/24/2012

Mitt Romney continues to talk tough on U.S. trade with China.  And as the election cycle moves into high gear, and the Romney campaign focuses on key messaging, it's interesting to see that amongst the campaign's firmest pledges is a promise starting day one for presidential action to "make China play by the rules."

In a new campaign video, the former governor of Massachusetts makes clear his priorities.  In addition to cutting the federal deficit and reducing government regulations, Romney has repeatedly said that he will hold China accountable by:

  • designating China as a currency manipulator (which would trigger federal action);
  • barring China from U.S. government procurement until American firms are given reciprocal access

Both efforts are commendable, and much needed.  The U.S. ran a $295 billion trade deficit with China in 2011, and that running debt has cost 2.8 million American jobs since 2001. 

However, what Amerca really needs are not campaign slogans and glossy ads.  What's really needed is action.  That's what the Alliance for American Manfacturing (AAM) will be pressing for as the campaign unfolds, and after the fall election.


Related recent Blogs

@KeepitMadeinUSA on Twitter

  • If the United States wants to maintain its "rising star" manufacturing status, it must do a few key things: 18 min 34 sec ago
  • That's right: the U.S. is a "rising star" in manufacturing. But there's more to do to increase our competitiveness: 1 hour 33 min ago
  • .@BCGPerspectives says the United States is among the "rising stars" in global manufacturing. Here's our take: 2 hours 17 min ago
  • Great @AP Q&A w/ @papergirlmacy on Factory Man: "When I write about economics, I write from the ground up." 3 hours 3 min ago
  • RT @RachelBSAAM: If you're attending the #NCSLSummit stop by booth 940 for a one of a kind @KeepitMadeinUSA root beer opener.… 3 hours 30 min ago
  • "China is among several economies whose manufacturing price advantage over the U.S. is eroding..." 3 hours 37 min ago
  • But we also hear Titan Gilroy will be grand marshal at the MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championship next weekend! 3 hours 44 min ago
  • Titan Gilroy is bringing the #MadeinAmerica message to @MAVTV this fall: 3 hours 44 min ago
  • Back to School Shopping? Be sure to check out our #MadeinYourCity Back to School Guide: 1 day 33 min ago
  • What will happen if America doesn't invest to rebuild its infrastructure? Somebody else will: 1 day 45 min ago