RNC Chairman To 'Bracket' Obama Iowa Visit

By: CNN Posted By Doug Brown
By: CNN Posted By Doug Brown

(CNN) – Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus plans to visit the Iowa town where President Barack Obama will campaign on Tuesday, continuing a GOP strategy of "bracketing" Obama's public appearances in battleground states.

Priebus will unveil a new website, called ObamanomicsOutsourced.com, which the RNC said will show instances where the president's policies have led to job creation overseas.

Obama will speak and hold a roundtable discussion on tax policy on Tuesday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the White House said Monday.

The president spoke on the subject Monday in a White House address where he urged Congress to extend Bush-era tax breaks for households earning under $250,000, while letting the same tax breaks expire for households earning above that threshold.

Democrats are opposed to Republican proposals to extend the tax cuts for households of all income levels.

His remarks came on the heels of Friday's Labor Department jobs report, which showed the U.S. economy added only 80,000 jobs while the unemployment rate remained steady at 8.2%.

In a statement announcing his Tuesday trip, Priebus blamed the sluggish domestic jobs growth on Obama's policies.

"President Obama has promised over and over that he would focus on creating 'jobs that pay well and can't be outsourced' but his record speaks otherwise," Priebus said. "The Outsourcer-In-Chief is going around the country touting his 'jobs record,' but the only positive record he has is creating jobs in faraway places like Finland and South Korea."

Democrats have sharply criticized Romney for holding investments and accounts which are based abroad, including several countries seen as havens from U.S. tax law.

"This is a guy whose slogan is 'Believe in America,' and it should be 'business in Bermuda.' And that is what he is all about," Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs said on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday.

Responding to the new Republican attacks, Obama's campaign defended the president in a statement.

"President Obama has fought continuously to end tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas, fostered incentives for companies to bring jobs back to America and doubled the rate of trade enforcement actions we've taken against China to ensure an even playing field for American workers," the statement read.

It continued: "That's a record that stands in stark contrast to Mitt Romney, who personally profited from investments in companies that were pioneers in shipping American jobs to India and China, vetoed legislation that would have prevented outsourcing MA jobs, and currently supports a tax policy that would encourage companies to ship American jobs overseas. We understand that the Romney campaign wants us to share in their outsourcing misery, but the record doesn't support their attacks."

– CNN’s Paul Steinhauser and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report


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