The Obama campaign is out with a new video attacking Republican challenger Mitt Romney for “putting profits from China, ahead of security for America.” The ad points to a relationship facilitated by Bain Capital between a U.S. defense contractor and Huawei Technologies, a Chinese company that was at the center of an extensive “60 Minutes” report this past weekend.
The House Intelligence Committee has warned American companies to avoid doing business with Huawei because it poses a national security threat to the U.S. in the form of a possible connection to cyber-espionage from China. The Huffington Post noted Sunday night Romney’s “get tough” on China rhetoric and that in 2007 and 2008, Bain Capital partnered with Huawei to take electronics manufacturer 3Com private in a $2.2 billion deal. Romney was not operating Bain at the time but still paid millions by the company he founded as part of his retirement pacage each year.
Romney has been gone from Bain for 8 years and this latest attack ad has some conservatives looking for restraint from the president who admitted a few weeks ago that some of his ads go “overboard.” This isn’t the first time the Obama campaign has attacked Romney while pointing to business dealings with China. Earlier in the month the Obama campaign released an ad alleging that while Romney was at Bain they invested in a Chinese company knowing that they paid their workers “next to nothing under sweat-shop conditions.”
On TheBlaze TV Tuesday, Andrew Wilkow reviewed both this ads