OFFSHORE ATTACK

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Posted: Sep 04, 2012 10:15 PM
OFFSHORE ATTACK

Mitt Romney's past use of a Swiss bank account is getting a lot of notice at the Democratic convention.

First, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland criticized the Republican nominee for what he called a lack of economic patriotism, citing his overseas accounts. Romney has investments in Cayman Island-based funds and previously held a Swiss account.

Shortly after Strickland's talk, Lilly Ledbetter, a women's activist, talked about inequality in pay between men and women doing similar jobs. Women earn just 77 cents for every dollar men make, she told the crowd. "Maybe 23 cents doesn't sound like a lot to someone with a Swiss bank account," she told the crowd to roars. But, she said, it means a lot to average women.

Democrats have long sought to gain advantage by highlighting Romney's wealth and his refusal to release more of his tax returns. Romney has said that he has been forthcoming about how he earned his money. Republicans went out of their way last week at their convention to highlight his charitable and humanitarian acts, including giving 10 percent each year to his church.

— Sally Buzbee

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