(CNN) - Mitt Romney's campaign is pushing back after Democrats released a Web video painting the candidate as insensitive to the health concerns of veterans.
The video, from the Democratic National Committee, hits Romney for mentioning health care vouchers as an option for veterans. The former Massachusetts governor made the comments on Veterans Day during a roundtable with vets in South Carolina.
"Sometimes you wonder, would there be some way to introduce some private sector competition, somebody else that could come in an say, you know each soldier gets X-thousand dollars attributed to them and then they can choose whether they want to go into the government system or in a private system with the money that follows them," Romney said.
The video released Wednesday by the DNC says the vouchers would amount to "undermining veterans' health care when they need it the most."
The DNC poses the question, "But what if a voucher doesn't cover the care for our wounded warriors?"
When asked about the video, Romney's campaign provided a statement from retired Army Col. Fareed Betros, who moderated the November 11 veterans' roundtable.
"We were thrilled to have Governor Romney in South Carolina meeting with veterans and talking about improving veterans' health care," Betros said.
He continued, "It was clear from our conversations that Governor Romney is only interested in providing veterans with the world-class care they deserve and reversing the defense cuts and failed policies of the Obama administration."
A second statement, from former Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony Principi, said Romney was focused on helping veterans get care. Principi is a co-chair of Romney's veterans advisory group.
"Mitt Romney will fulfill that obligation by building a VA health care system for the 21st century that is patient focused," Principi said. "He will bring the full weight of his office to eliminate the backlog of claims for disability compensation and pensions. He will supply our troops the military they need to win wars and come home safe."
At his event, Romney compared the idea to a similar system in place for teachers in Florida. In 2009, President Barack Obama also considered a proposal to have treatment for service-connected injuries charged to veterans' private insurance plans. He eventually dropped the idea after stiff opposition from veterans' groups.
Wednesday's DNC video also uses footage from a Romney town hall Tuesday in Columbia, South Carolina, showing a woman wearing a 'Vets against VA vouchers' T-shirt being escorted from event.
The woman, Navy veteran Melissa Harmon, said Tuesday she was protesting Romney's comments about allowing veterans to choose between a private health care plan and government-run system.
Harmon, 34, and four other activists said they were associated with the Occupy Columbia movement. She said they had no intention of being disruptive and that she "stood there politely" when she revealed her T-shirt,
Romney campaign aides escorted the protesters separately out of the event.
They left the parking lot without incident and repositioned across the street where Romney would presumably see them as he was leaving.
Romney's campaign did not respond to requests for comment on the incident.
–CNN Political Producer Shawna Shepherd contributed to this report.