Obama also used the September Democratic National Convention to lash out at Romney’s overseas investments.
“Mitt Romney has so little economic patriotism that even his money needs a passport,” claimed Democratic Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland. “It summers on the beaches of the Cayman Islands and winters on the slopes of the Swiss Alps,” he said.
Strickland even used the Bible to attack Romney. “In Matthew, chapter 6, verse 21, the scriptures teach us that where your treasure is, there will your heart be also … [and] any man who aspires to be our president should keep both his treasure and his heart in the United States of America,” Strickland claimed.
“It’s well past time for Mitt Romney to come clean with the American people,” Strickland told an audience of roughly 20,000 cheering Democrats.
When Romney was criticized by Obama during last week’s presidential debate for his overseas investments, the former business executive and GOP presidential nominee pushed back.
“Any investments I have over the last eight years have been managed by a blind trust,” Romney countered.
“They do include investments outside the United States, including in — in Chinese companies … [and] you also have investments in Chinese companies … [and] investments through a Cayman’s trust,” Romney said.
“There is a qualitative difference between Romney’s partnership profit stake in funds run by the company he founded and ran for more than 15 years, and [Obama's] state pension fund, which is run by Illinois State Board of Investment,” a staffer at Obama’s campaign told The Daily Caller.
President Obama had a pithier answer during the debate.
“Mr. President, have you looked at your pension? Have you looked at your pension?” Romney said, before he was interrupted by CNN anchor Candy Crowley.
“I don’t look at my pension,” retorted Obama. “It’s not as big as yours.”