Candidates Pitch Manufacturing, China as Super Tuesday Nears
At a campaign stop in Chillicothe, OH, Rick Santorum spoke about his plans for the American economy. The Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports:
During a 40-minute speech before about 300 people at Chillicothe High School, the Republican presidential candidate stuck to economic themes in a region still trying to rebound from the economic downturn.
"What kind of country do you want to hand off to the next generation?" asked Santorum. "We need innovative solutions to liberate the American people."
Meanwhile, Forbes is reporting that as Super Tuesday approaches, the candidates have stepped up their rhetoric, and are pledging to hold China accountable:
“If I’m president of the United States…on Day One, I will declare China a currency manipulator, allowing me to put tariffs on products where they are stealing American jobs unfairly. We can compete when there’s a level playing field and we’d win…. I’m going to insist that China plays by the same rules that everyone in the world plays by.” — Mitt Romney (my humble guess is he can call China chopped liver if he wants, but will do nothing to retaliate other than what Obama has already done. Romney’s the most anti-China of the bunch.)
“I want to beat China. I want to go to war with China and make America the most attractive place in the world to do business.” — Rick Santorum (quite mild; doesn’t want a trade war like Romney says he wants.)
“I think we’re going to have to find ways to dramatically raise the pain level for the Chinese cheating, both in the hacking side, but also on the stealing and intellectual property side. And I don’t think anybody today has a particularly good strategy for doing that.” –Newt Gingrich (he’s mostly come out against Chinese stealing of intellectual property; a legitimate, non-emotional complaint based on facts.)
“To fight with China now? They are our third best partners and are great customers. Why say that they are the problem? We complain that they’ve messed around with their currency. What have we done with the dollar over the last three years?” — Ron Paul (Doesn’t think China is the cause of our problems.)