Romney accused of killing man’s wife in new ad

by Peter Grady –


Rush Limbaugh denounced a new ad by a super PAC supporting President Obama that he says basically acused Romney of murder.


The ad is produced by Priorities USA Action and is similar to other ads by the organization that focus on former workers of companies closed by Bain Capital, Romney’s former private equity firm.


The ad features Joe Soptic, a former employee at Kansas City’s GST Steel. The company went bankrupt in 2001, after Romney had left the firm.


In the ad, Soptic says that when Bain closed the plant he lost his health care which resulted in his wife’s death.


“When Mitt Romney and Bain closed the plant up I lost my health care and my family los their health care. A short time after that my wife became ill. I don’t know how long she was sick, and I think maybe she didn’t say anything because she knew that we couldn’t afford the insurance,” Soptic says. “I took her to the Jackson county hospital and the admitted her for phenoumonia.  That’s when they found the cancer and by then it was stage-four cancer and there was nothing they could do for her.  She passed away in 22 days.

Soptic finished by saying Romney doesn’t care about her death, “I do not think Mitt Romney realizes what he’s done to anyone, and furthermore I do not think Mitt Romney is concerned.”


An analysis of the ad by Politico notes Ranae Soptic actually died in 2006, years after the plant was closed.


When Politico asked Priorities about the ad, a spokesman with the organization said it was intended to show that Romney had a negative impact on families for years after his tenure with the company.


We’re illustrating how long it took for communities and individuals to recover from the closing of these businesses,” Burton said. “Families and individuals had to find new jobs, new sources of health insurance and a way to make up for the pensions they lost. Mitt Romney has had an enduring impact on the lives of thousands of men and women and for many of them, that impact has been devastating.”


Rush Limbaugh said on his show Tuesday  that they are essentially accusing Romney of murder.


“Now Romney is killing people! Romney is forcing people to get cancer, and then when they get cancer, he’s not allowing them to be treated. So we have a campaign message here, basically: “Republicans commit murder, poison the water, poison the air, and starve kids,” Limbaugh said. “So now, now Romney wants steelworkers’ wives to get cancer and die. I guess this is the ‘new civility’ that we hear so much about from the Democrats.”


Ryan Williams a spokesman with the Romney campaign called the ad part of the many “discredited and dishonest attacks” to “conceal the administration’s deplorable economic record.”

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One Response to Romney accused of killing man’s wife in new ad

  1. Stephen Kent Ehat says:

    Suppose this:

    It’s 2013. An injured woman quits her job and loses her health insurance.

    Skip, say, three years ahead, to 2016. The woman is diagnosed with lung cancer and dies.

    It’s the heat of the 2016 presidential campaign. Former President Obama, having lost re-election in 2012, seeks a second term.

    The deceased woman’s surviving husband goes to a super PAC favorable to President Romney, who himself seeks re-election.

    The widower complains that former President Obama—who had headed the government’s ill-advised investment in Solyndra—was responsible for the surviving husband’s having lost his health insurance when he lost his job at Solyndra back in 2011 when it went bankrupt.

    The super PAC produces an ad blaming former President Obama for the woman’s death.

    People then say to President Romney, “Wow! That’s an outrageous advertisement by your super PAC. Where’d you learn to condone such below-the-belt campaigning? Why don’t you unequivocally and publically condemn and repudiate the ad?”

    Seriously, of course, none of this will happen. But the point is: Mr. Romney would quickly condemn such an ad.

    And Mr. Obama would not, as is evidenced by his current silence about the Soptic ad, even his silence about the defense of that ad offered by his surrogates.

    Thus, there’s little reason why Mr. Romney should presently sit idly by and not call a spade a spade when outrageous attacks are used against him.

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