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Midday Update: Romney, Obama Pivot Back to Economy

by Newsteam Staff
September 17, 2012

Photo of the Day: An Occupy Wall Street activist in New York September 17, 2012.(Brendan McDermid/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: An Occupy Wall Street activist in New York September 17, 2012.(Brendan McDermid/Courtesy Reuters)

After last week’s focus on foreign policy following deadly protests in the Middle East, both President Barack Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney are expected to try to steer the focus of their campaigns back to the economy (WashPost).

“Both candidates were pushed off message in the wake of the Middle East turmoil that roiled the campaign last week,” write Philip Rucker and David Nakamura in the Washington Post. “Obama was forced to defend his administration’s handling of the crisis as Romney sharply criticized it. But Romney did not appear to make up any ground po­litically, and some Republican allies criticized him for too quickly politicizing the moment.”

The Romney campaign will release two new economy-focused ads in swing states this week and provide more details on his five-point economic plan (AP).

Read what the candidates are proposing for the economy in this CFR Issue tracker.


President Obama filed a case with the World Trade Organization against China’s alleged illegal subsidies of its auto industry (Bloomberg). The announcement was made as the president campaigns today in Ohio, a crucial swing state and beneficiary of the auto bailout.

GOP nominee Mitt Romney has repeatedly accused Obama of being weak on China and has promised to crack down on China’s trade practices if elected.

This CFR Issue Tracker looks at both candidates’ stances on U.S.-China policy.


GOP nominee Mitt Romney is expected to criticize Obama’s record on immigration while promising to work to “permanently fix” the U.S. immigration system (USAToday), in a speech to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce today.

Read more about the candidates’ positions on immigration policy in this CFR Issue Tracker.

–Contributing Editor Kirsti Itameri

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