Gov. Strickland: ‘If Mitt Was Santa Claus, He'd Fire the Reindeer and Outsource the Elves’

By Melanie Arter | September 5, 2012 | 10:47 AM EDT

Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland (AP Photo)

( – Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland said Tuesday if that GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney was Santa Claus, “he would fire the reindeer and outsource the elves.”

Speaking at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Strickland said, “Barack Obama knows our struggles, and my friends, he shares our values.

“Now Mitt Romney, he lives by a different code. To him, American workers are just numbers on a spreadsheet. To him, all profits are created equal – whether made on our shores or off. That’s why companies that Romney invested in were dubbed ‘outsourcing pioneers,’” he said.

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“Now you know our nation was built by pioneers – pioneers who accepted untold risks in pursuit of freedom – not by pioneers seeking offshore profits at the expense of American workers here at home. Mitt Romney proudly wrote an op-ed entitled, ‘Let Detroit go bankrupt.’ You know, if he had had his way devastation would have cascaded from Michigan to Ohio and across the nation,” Strickland added.

“Mitt Romney never saw the point of building something when he could profit by tearing it down. If Mitt was Santa Claus, he would fire the reindeer and outsource the elves,” he said.

“Mitt has so little economic patriotism that even his money needs a passport. It’s summers on the beaches of the Cayman Islands and winters on the slopes of the Swiss Alps,” Strickland added.