Published On: Wed, Aug 8th, 2012

Super pac ad for President Obama links death of steel worker wife to Mitt Romney, Bain Capital

The former Kansas City steelworker featured in a scathing ad tying his wife’s death to Mitt Romney has appeared in Obama campaign videos before — despite claims by a top Obama adviser Wednesday that he doesn’t know “the specifics of this man’s case” amid revelations that the ad is inaccurate and misleading.


The Romney campaign and other fact-checkers are pushing back against an ad released Tuesday by super pac PAC Priorities USA.

The ad features former GST Steel worker Joe Soptic and suggests Romney was in some way responsible for the death of Soptic’s wife because his plant was shutdown after a takeover by Romney’s firm and others — and because his wife died of cancer after he lost his health insurance.

Critics claim the ad hides details about the timeline of those events. Soptic’s wife died five years after GST filed for bankruptcy. His wife reportedly had her own health insurance after Soptic left GST and concludes that Romney had long since left Bain Capital at the time of her death.

Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul called the ad “disgusting” and “despicable” in an interview with Fox News. “This ad just shows the depth to which the Obama campaign and their allies will go to try to smear Mitt Romney,” she said.

This ad was produced by a pro-Obama super pac, but the Obama campaign certainly is familiar with the story of Soptic, despite claims by top campaign aides that they’re not, as they tried to make the case Wednesday that the super PAC ad had nothing to do with the campaign’s work.

Soptic appeared in a pair of Obama campaign videos in May which hammered Romney over his former company Bain Capital’s role before GST filed for bankruptcy.

“They made as much money off it as they could, and they closed it down,” Soptic said in that video, wearing what appears to be the same shirt he wore in the most recent ad. “It was like watching an old friend bleed to death.”



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