Obama Campaign Won’t Disavow Misleading Ad

 ABC News: ProObama group suggests Romney had a hand in woman’s death from cancer – It’d be a good story if it were true. From Devin Dwyer: Various fact-checkers has since pointed out that Soptic’s wife did not die until 2006, five years after GST Steel closed, and that she had health insurance coverage through her own employer for part of that time. It’s also unclear whether having insurance coverage through GST Steel would have meant better prevention or detection of the cancer that ultimately killed her.

In separate appearances on morning talk shows, senior Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs and deputy Obama campaign manager Stephanie Cutter were pressed on whether the insinuation that Romney contributed to Soptic’s death crossed a line.  Both distanced themselves from the super PAC, asserting independence from the group, and claimed to know nothing about Soptic’s case. “This is an ad by an entity that’s not controlled by the campaign,” Gibbs said on MSNBC. “I certainly don’t know the specifics of this man’s case.”

Cutter on CNN echoed that line: “I don’t know the facts about when Mr. Soptic’s wife got sick, or the facts about his health insurance, but here’s what I do know: That Mitt Romney personally handled the deal to take over GST Steel and he personally handled some of the decisions made to load that company up with debt so much that it went underwater.  It went bankrupt.”

… years before Soptic’s wife died.

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