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Obama Campaign Accuses Romney of Profiting from Slave Labor

3:27 PM, Sep 17, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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President Obama's campaign made a serious charge against Mitt Romney today when spokesman Ben LaBolt suggested on national television that the Republican presidential candidate had previously profited off slave labor in China:

"There's a video that's been circulating online of Governor Romney talking about work conditions at a plant owned by a company called Global Tech, which had guard towers and barbed wires, keeping workers in, 12 women per dorm room working in this facility," said LaBolt on MSNBC. "And what Governor Romney doesn't say in the video is that Bain then pursued an investment in this company, in this plant."

Actually, the video LaBolt appears to be referring to shows the opposite: The fence, according to Romney, is to keep others from coming in:

“And, and, and around this factory was a fence, a huge fence with barbed wire and guard towers. And, and, we said ‘Gosh, I can’t believe that you, you know, keep these girls in.’ ‘They said, ‘no, no, no. This is to keep the other people from coming in,’" says Romney in the video. "Because people want so badly to come work in this factory that we have to keep them out. Or they will just come in here and start working and, and try and get compensated. So we, this is to keep people out. And they said, actually Chinese New Year as the girls go home, sometimes they decide they’ve saved enough money and they don’t come back to the factory. And he said, so, on the weekend after Chinese New Year there will be a line of people hundreds long, outside the factory, hoping that some girls haven’t come back. And they can come to the factory.” 

This isn't the first wild accusation to come from the Obama campaign and its allies. 

Previously, the pro-Obama super PAC ran an ad suggesting that Mitt Romney was responsible for a woman losing her battle with cancer. And, of course, Obama staffers have long sought to suggest that Romney might be a felon. And even a "vampire."

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