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Kirk participates in campaign call

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, a former Dallas mayor, re-entered the political sphere on Tuesday, participating in a Democratic National Committee news conference on the day that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was in Dallas to raise money for his campaign.

Kirk said he had run for mayor “on the premise that we needed to stop focusing on what made us different and what united us in terms of our visions for our families and our city,” and that he had been “stunned” that at another fundraiser “in a setting where he felt very comfortable, Mitt Romney expressed his disdain for middle-class Americans.”

Kirk said that he was not participating in the call in his capacity as trade representative, but in response to a question, said that the Obama administration has “sought to rebalance trade policy” by both entering into new trade agreements and negotiations while also filing more cases at the World Trade Organization than any other administration and filing more cases against China.

He said the administration is trying to increase exports by pursuing negotiations with Southeast Asia and Europe.

Kirk said that he could not compare Obama administration policies with Romney’s policies because Romney has not articulated his policies in detail.