Election 2012

Chinese Boogeyman Effective Scapegoat in Ohio

Romney keeping with the protectionist rhetoric

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When Mitt Romney comes to Ohio, he likes to talk about a far-away threat that hangs over anxious crowds. "Look, we can compete with any nation in the world so long as we're playing on a level playing field," Romney said Thursday, standing amid propane tanks before more than 3,000 supporters at an industrial plant north of Columbus. "And I'm going to make sure China doesn't cheat."