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Romney hits Obama on China in new ad

After railing on China at a campaign stop in Fairfax County today, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign released an ad hammering President Barack Obama on the topic.

The 30-second ad, released in Virginia and other battleground states, accuses Obama of “failing American workers” — the title of the ad.

“Under Obama, we’ve lost over half a million manufacturing jobs and, for the first time, China is beating us,” a narrator says. “Seven times, Obama could have stopped China’s cheating. Seven times, he refused.”

The ad then cuts to Romney, in a factory, telling a crowd: “It’s time to stand up to the cheaters and make sure we protect jobs for the American people.”

The ad closes: “Barack Obama: Failing to stop cheating. Failing American workers.”

Following his remarks in Fairfax, Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith responded to Romney’s charges related to China.

“If he were serious about holding China accountable, he wouldn’t have criticized the president for standing up to China to protect American tire workers, he wouldn’t continue to hold investments there, and he wouldn’t have proposed a tax plan that could create hundreds of thousands of jobs overseas, including in China,” Smith said.