Ad linking Romney to death of the wife of a laid off steelworker not accurate
August 7th, 2012
06:40 PM ET
2 years ago

Ad linking Romney to death of the wife of a laid off steelworker not accurate

(CNN) - A new attack ad by a Super PAC backing President Obama appears to blame Mitt Romney for a woman's death from cancer after his company, Bain Capital, shut down the steel mill where the woman's husband worked.

The ad makes it seem like Joe Soptic's wife, Ilyona, lost her battle with cancer shortly after he lost his job at GST Steel in Missouri, where he had worked for almost 30 years.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Priorities USA
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  1. Myviewis

    What were they thinking, this ad makes Obama look bad, desperate and with all the fake stories we've all grown to see on the news of people scamming people for money this is going to fall right into those con stories. Honestly, how dumb can you get to use this type of a scam to anger people towards Romney. I can't believe Obama didn't stop this ad. Lots of people have gone to jail pulling this sorry scam in an attempt to get money.

    August 7, 2012 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  2. The Elephant In The Room

    Accurate or not, it doesn`t matter. It`s high time the Democrats stop being constrained by concerns of accuracy or by what some over entusuastic supporter does/ says.

    Take the gloves off Dems and pummel the Republican politicians.

    August 7, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  3. Hamsta

    What else would you expect from the blamer in chief? It's simply impossible that ot may be due to nature.

    August 7, 2012 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    It's a very heart-wrenching story, but it’s not accurate.
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    Obama/ Biden 2012 will get very ugly on their way out. This is pathetic. The American people do not deserve this kind of disrespect by a sitting President. But this is what you get when you elect a political hack. We can do better. Romney 2012.

    August 7, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  5. Brian

    I see nothing wrong. Was this man paid to tell his story? If not, he's entitled to his own opinion.
    Viewers take their own discretion.
    The supreme court allows it.

    The GOP claimed that Obama runs a death panel. So tell me what is wrong with this ad?

    August 7, 2012 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  6. T'sah From Virginia

    This story is NOT that accurate – I am an Obama-fan but these PACs should get the story straight and make sure there are no loopholes in it – I mean, there is enough TRUTH out there about RobMoney that can be used and "stretching the story" is not necessary – I am glad that President Obama does not approve this message!!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!!

    August 7, 2012 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  7. dw

    how is this not a lead story and harry Reid's lies are front and center? Thanks CNN for bringing some truth to the filthly lying President's desparation of a campaign. This is disgraceful and i'm embarassed of the empty suit we currently have in office. What a disgraceful pack of lies – blatant !!!!!!!! Blaming a presidentilal candidate for someone's death? This guy is a liar too. I'm sorry he lost his wife but how does he get manipulted to do this ad????????? Sick. Chicago politics.

    August 7, 2012 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  8. david statkus

    Ty for telling the truth. To make an accusation like that is totally disgusting no matter what your political affiliation is.

    August 7, 2012 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  9. John

    Joe,
    Nice move. Now you are in the same class of Reid and Pelosi.........despicable liars. Where did you learn morality and character?

    August 7, 2012 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  10. Sheriff JOE

    He has nothing to run on but a record of FAILURE, all he can do now is try to fabricate more lies. Extremely poor potus, the worst ever

    August 7, 2012 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  11. Pete

    Romney did run GST Steel mill to bankruptcy,so why is it so misleading if he was also known for stealing pensions,healthplans as well.The president is just stating facts and Romney doesn't like being associated with those negetives ones does he,Bain did more harm than good and you ignorent hypocritical republicans don't realize that when Romney did that the government ends up picking up the tab on the steel mills employees pensions ,plus creating headlthcare plans or Medicaid,so we the tax payer always get stuck with the bill,like it or not.So don't think when your Mormon leper Romney speaks about creating something ,he is more headaches for tax payers every time he runs a corporation in the ground.Get your heads out of your butts and see him for what he is ,a raider only for his investors,not for anyone else,read between the lines,be doesn't want you the middle class or poor or any one else associated with these classes for that matter,just there to make money ,that's his MO,live with it!!!

    August 7, 2012 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The question of timing needs to be established. How long did this guy work for the company; when did the wife get cancer and die from it; when did Bain and Romney kill the company? There are so many items that could makes this man's story relevant or just sour grapes.

    August 7, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |