Ad linking Mitt Romney to woman's death continues to dog Obama campaign
August 9th, 2012
06:28 PM ET
9 years ago

Ad linking Mitt Romney to woman's death continues to dog Obama campaign

(CNN) - A television ad by Priorities USA Action, the main super PAC backing President Obama, linking Mitt Romney to a woman's death continues to dog the Obama campaign.

For the third day in a row, reporters peppered the White House and Obama campaign about the new ad, which CNN fact-checked Tuesday and found to be inaccurate.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. myviewis

    It's a lie, just a lie to trash and destroy Governor Romney and President Obama did speak to this man via phone back in May and his campaign manager Stephanie Cutter lied about not knowing the man. If they lied about Joe Soptic what else are they willing to lie to us voters about to assure winning re-election of Obama. It's just plain dirty, nasty game the Obama campaign is playing and it seems they are becoming more addicted to this type of low, scheming, devious strategy instead of running a campaign on job performance, accomplishments. Just dirty.

    August 9, 2012 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  2. Sandy

    The ad does not blame Romney for the wife's death! Only republicans are claiming that. Why is the press not knocking down Romney's door about all the LIES he's telling and that welfare ad that was a COMPLETE LIE. The ad points out what happens to some when people lose their jobs and health care.

    August 9, 2012 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  3. Four and The Door

    "No one is denying that he was in a campaign – one of our campaign ads," Psaki told reporters Thursday. "He was on a conference call telling his story, which speaks to what many, many people in this country have gone through as there have been layoffs and they've had their benefits reduced."
    That's an awful story over and over. Everyone knows someone who has been devastated by this prolonged down economy. Americans deserve better than what is in place now. Romney 2012.

    August 9, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  4. WK Wicker

    So much for hope and change, bringing America together, and a different kind of American politician. This ad shows Obama and his henchmen are as bad, or worse than any political regime we've seen since World War II. This is the politics of deception, outright lies, and an attempt to change the subject away from Obama's sorry economic record. The Socialist in Chief is doing everything he can to demonize his opponent rather than stand up for himself, and tell the American public the truth about himself.

    August 9, 2012 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  5. Thomase

    How is this an issue for Obama? He has no contact with his superPACs as it would be illegal.

    August 9, 2012 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  6. amf140

    This is Chicago politics at it's finest. Just take a look how BHO conducted all his previous campaigns. Same tactics. We ain't seen nothin yet. After this, I will never, never vote for another Chicago politician. This election will leave a huge black mark on American politics for a very long time.

    August 9, 2012 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  7. Jules

    I am a strong Obama supporter and donor. This ad should not see a minute on tv. It should be dumped in the garbage now. Just because Romney knowingly lies through his teeth about everything, the Obama supporting super pac does not need to run this ad. There is so much better ammunition out there than this. Like an ad showing Bush touting his business experience and then Romney touting his. Remember, Bush was the first MBA president. A good businessman does not a good president make because running a country is not bottom line driven, it is driven by service to the people of the country who are the actual stockholders.

    August 9, 2012 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  8. migeli

    Doesn't matter if the ad is true or not,many people have actually suffered that fate and many more will if Romney reverses medicare.All those who were uninsured will be uninsured again.This guy Mitt is a real piece of work.Take healthcare from his wife and kids! He'll scream bloody murder.Lets take healthcare from congress,see what they do!

    August 9, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  9. Keeping it Real

    Obama is losing any integrity he has by sitting on his hands with this story. Everyone knows this is an outright lie, yet Obama stays silent? Too bad honesty and integrity mean nothing to him. He could earn a little respect by squashing this publicly, but I think he's afraid he'd look weak. At this point, it's only making him look bad, and every day, it makes him look like a thug.

    August 9, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  10. Chipster

    I guess I'm not understanding what the controversy is with this ad. Regardless of the timeline and jobs that Soptic and his wife had after Bain closed the GST plant and Soptic lost his job/insurance, he did have insurance and his wife was covered until he lost that job. Even though his wife later had insurance where she worked and then lost that insurance when a shoulder problem caused her to leave that job, it is still likely that she would have been insured by her husband's insurance had the GST plant not closed. If he believes Bain was responsible for the plant closing and Romney was CEO at the time, then it seems like a valid enough complaint. Even though it's Soptic's opinion, it seems that he has some reason to have that opinion.

    August 9, 2012 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  11. Workers Unite!

    The What Me Worry kid finally gets caught in a lie that the media won't give him a by on !

    August 9, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  12. Sheriff JOE

    The freak show continues

    August 9, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  13. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    There are problems with the super PAC ad are many. Obama's campaign isn't responsible for the ad no matter the problems. Besides, has it aired on any television not being a part of some news show? Not from what I hear.

    August 9, 2012 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  14. jw

    To repeal Obamacare will be a death sentence for some people. could that be considered murder?

    August 9, 2012 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  15. L. R. Long

    Death Panels. Death Panels. Death Panels. Using the fear of death has been a campaign staple since Willie Horton, if not hundreds of years sooner. Citizens United caused the Obama campaign to have to play by the newly minted GOP rules that were a direct product of CITIZENS UNITED. Anyone with a brain knows campaigning is done by a staff while THE CANDIDATE GOVERNS. Death Panels. Death Panels. Death Panels, comin' to getcha! BOO!

    August 10, 2012 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  16. Jane

    It's not 'dogging the Obama campaign' at all. It's driving the Romney campaign crazy for two reasons: 1. While the man does NOT say Romney 'killed' his wife, it is fact that Bain came in to a going concern, grabbed their fat fees, destroyed the company, and moved on to their next victim. THIS caused these people to lose their insurance (and probably also their pensions) which did directly lead to untreated illness and death. FACT. And 2. Like bullies everywhere, they can dish it out, but they can't take it. Heh.

    August 10, 2012 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  17. luke,az

    Show us your taxes Gov. Romney, this issue will persist until Nov 6th.

    August 10, 2012 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  18. Fortinbras

    Priorities U.S.A, this is a waste of ad money.

    August 10, 2012 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  19. Marie MD

    If the dog is not riding on top of the presidential car who cares!

    August 10, 2012 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  20. Jeff in Virginia

    Slow news day?

    August 10, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  21. Jeff in Virginia

    This is seriously some of the best free advertising that's around. An ad that's never aired.. yet has been shown over and over by the news channels. Fabrication at its finest!

    August 10, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |