Mitt Romney and running mate Rep. Paul Ryan on Saturday tagged China as “cheaters” in the global economy and accused President Obama of being soft on a country whose trade and currency policies are hurting the U.S. manufacturing sector and the middle class.

Romney and Ryan, speaking at separate campaign stops across Ohio, hammered away at the Obama administration for delaying a decision due Monday on whether to declare that China is manipulating its currency to gain trade advantages.

“Over the past several years, the president has failed to call China a currency manipulator,” Romney said at a rally in Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio. “Let me tell you, on Day One of my administration I will label China a currency manipulator. We have got to get those jobs back and get trade to be fair.”

He made similar remarks later in the day to potential voters at a rally in the city of Lebanon and added: “China’s been cheating, and I’m not going to let it go on.”

Earlier in the day, Ryan, R-Wis., said he and Romney would “hold cheaters accountable.”