By Kristi Ellis with contributions from Arthur Friedman

"From a trade policy perspective...it was very discouraging for him to take such a protectionist view and seemingly a view he believes in because its part of his five-part [economic] plan," said Julia Hughes, president of the U.S. Association of Importers of Textiles and Apparel. "Candidate Romney continued to talk about his desire to name China a currency manipulator...and mentioned tariffs, as well. That continues to raise concern among people in the industry that he is out of touch with what is really going on today, which is that the currency differential has really shifted and there really have been a lot of changes in currency decisions since the issue first got a lot of play."

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