(CBS News) President Obama on Friday seized on a recent article in The Washington Post that said presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney's private equity firm owned companies that were "pioneers" in outsourcing American jobs to low-wage countries.
Addressing a rally at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Fla., Mr. Obama advocated his plan to reduce the deficit by $4 trillion, cut spending, strengthen Medicare, and reform the tax code. "My plan will stop giving tax breaks to businesses that ship jobs and factories overseas, and start rewarding companies that create jobs and manufacturing right here in the United States of America," he said.
"Now, not only does Gov. Romney disagree with this plan," The President continued, "today it was reported in The Washington Post that the companies his firm owned were 'pioneers' in the outsourcing of American jobs to places like China and India. Pioneers!
"Tampa, we don't need an outsourcing pioneer in the Oval Office," he concluded.
Shortly after the announcement of his campaign's most recent fundraising ploy - an effort to encourage supporters celebrating weddings or birthdays to donate their gift money - Mr. Obama also used the rally to charge that "the other side" will spend more during this election cycle than "we've ever seen in the history of the Republic."
Mark Knoller and the Associated Press contributed to this report.