The upcoming presidential debates are going to be the last serious chance (especially for Romney, who can't announce policy initiatives) to put some serious meat on their rival claims to be trade hawks. I am not getting my hopes up.
If Obama is to win in the crucial swing state of Ohio -- and thereby likely win the election -- he would do well to try to close his very large "soft on China" gap not by attacking Romney for being soft on China -- Ohioans won't believe that.
The Obama campaign's new ad calls Romney a phony because, in his days at Bain Capital, companies his firm controlled were involved in outsourcing American jobs. There are legitimate criticisms of Bain Capital to be made, but this isn't one of them.