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Obama Criticizes Romney Over Outsourcing

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- President Obama has taken a page from John Kerry's 2004 campaign strategy and criticized his opponent for exporting jobs to India.

In a television ad released Monday, the Obama campaign attacked Romney for having outsourced call-center jobs to India instead of hiring workers in Massachusetts.

John Kerry complained in 2004 about outsourcing

The gripe isn't new, and was a central complaint for Kerry's campaign against former President George W. Bush in the 2004 election, as the then-Democratic presidential nominee called for a fair playing field.

Reports emerged in 2004 that contradicted outsourcing as a massive drain on the American work force, and a Bloomberg Businessweek article pointed out in May that Obama spoke about "zero-sum thinking in bilateral affairs" when he visited India in 2010.

The decision to bring outsourcing back into the political conversation could be an attempt by the Obama campaign to see if the issue will be viewed as a blemish on Romney's record.

For now, though, unless more evidence arises that shows outsourced jobs to India have significantly plagued the American labor market, the president may want to continue attacking other parts of Romney's record as Massachusetts governor.

-- Written by Joe Deaux in New York.

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