President Barack Obama targeted China's trade practices as he campaigned in Ohio Monday while Mitt Romney spoke to the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Los Angeles. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.
President Obama is talking tough when it comes to China.
"We've brought more trade cases against China in one term than the previous administration did in two," he said.
But during a campaign swing through Ohio, Obama did not just promote his own record. He attacked his Republican opponent on China, saying Mitt Romney is guilty of outsourcing jobs there.
"I like to walk the walk, not just talk the talk," Obama said.
The China talk came on the same day the United States filed a trade case, challenging Chinese subsidies the president says are illegal. They encourage companies to ship auto manufacturing jobs overseas.
"It is not right," the president said. "It is against the rules. And we will not let it stand."
Romney chalked up the move as a response to a recent ad from his campaign criticizing Obama's record in that area.
"If I had known all it took to get him to take action was to run an ad citing his inaction on China's cheating, I'd have run one a long time ago," he said.
Romney delivered the dig during a speech in Los Angeles before the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He is trying to cut into the president's popularity with Hispanic voters.
"I am convinced that the Republican Party is the rightful home of Hispanic-Americans," Romney said.
Romney said the president dropped the ball on immigration reform. He promised to work with Republicans and Democrats to permanently fix the immigration system. He said that starts with securing America's borders.
"And by the way, if someone gets an advanced degree, I want them to stay here, so I'd staple a green card to their diploma," he said.
Meanwhile, Romney is taking heat for remarks recorded at a closed-door fundraiser reportedly held earlier this year. He said the president's supporters are people "dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims." Romney said he'll never be able to convince them to take personal responsibility for their lives.