Obama camp has history with star of new Super PAC ad
August 8th, 2012
07:01 PM ET

Obama camp has history with star of new Super PAC ad

Representatives from the Obama campaign tried to distance themselves on Wednesday from a new ad released by the pro-Obama Super PAC Priorities USA that links actions taken by Bain Capital to the death of former steelworker Joe Soptic’s wife.

Aboard Air Force One, campaign spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters that the campaign had “no involvement with any ads that are done by Priorities USA.”

“We don’t have any knowledge of the story of the family,” Psaki said when asked about Soptic’s story.

On CNN’s Early Start Wednesday morning, Obama for America Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter also denied that she knew the details of Soptic’s story.

“Well, you do know that we don't have anything to do with Priorities USA,” Cutter told CNN’s John Berman. “That by law, we're not allowed to coordinate with them, and by law we don't have anything to do with their ads. I don't know the facts of when Joe Soptic's wife got sick or when she died.”

But in an interview with CNN on Tuesday, Soptic said that the campaign had asked him to appear at events on behalf of the president to talk about his experiences with Bain.“I was asked to fly to some of the battleground states, but I have been unable to do that,” Soptic said in a phone call.

On a May 14 Obama campaign conference call featuring both Soptic and Cutter, he even told an almost identical story to the one he tells in the new Super PAC ad.

In the ad Soptic claims that when Bain shut down the Kansas City steel mill where he had worked for nearly 30 years, his family lost their health insurance. His wife Ilyona became ill “a short time after,” and he says in the ad, “I think maybe she didn’t say anything because she knew that we couldn’t afford the insurance.”

He then describes taking his wife to the county hospital only to discover that she had cancer.

“She passed away in 22 days,” Soptic says.

On the conference call, Soptic phrased his story this way:

“After we lost our jobs, we found out that we were going to lose our health insurance, and that our pensions hadn't been funded like Bain promised they would be. I was lucky to find another job as a custodian in a local school district. They gave me some health insurance, but I couldn't afford to buy it for my wife. A little while later she was diagnosed with lung cancer. I had to put her in a county hospital because she didn't have health care, and when the cancer took her away, all I got was an enormous bill. That put a lot of stress on me. I thought I'd be paying it off until I died myself. That probably wouldn't have happened if Bain kept its promise and I was allowed to keep our health insurance. I know it wouldn’t have happened if I still had my old job at the steel mill. Its upsetting what Mitt Romney and his partners did to us here in Kansas City.”

At the end of his remarks, Soptic turns the call back over to Cutter.

“We really appreciate you sharing your experiences,” Cutter said.


Topics: 2012 Election • Campaign • President Obama

soundoff (105 Responses)
  1. jcjones717

    It is a shame that CNN only now decides to search for truth from the lying Obama administration. Might have helped your ratings to tell the people the truth sooner & ask Obama about his college records & more.

    August 8, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
  2. Tim

    Why are you not telling the rest of the story? That it was 5 years later that she passed away? You make it sound like it happened all so quick in a very brief period of time.

    August 8, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
  3. Tubby the Tuba Texas

    Both sides have connections to their PAC. It was the republicans who ask for and got the right to allow billionaires to buy the politics of the day from a republican supreme court. Remember too that Reagan was the man who signed into law the bill that allows all the illegals citizens to get free medical help!!!

    August 8, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
    • Jeaux Bleaus

      Spin! Harder! Faster! SPIN!

      August 8, 2012 at 10:18 pm |
    • Lizzie

      You have selective memory loss, the democrats swore and promised that THEY would support legislation to close the borders, we seen how that worked, don't believe anything democrats promise you.

      August 9, 2012 at 12:26 am |
    • Eileen

      Going completely off topic to deflect from your president's failed policies, unbridled arrogance and crass incivility, you deceptively refer to the 1985 budget reconciliation act, passed in 1986, which along with defense spending, highway funding, alternative energy program funding, NOAA weather funding, post office, welfare, unemployment and a million other items gave us the "COBRA" continued health insurance benefits after a job loss and required hospitals with ERs to provide care if the hospital took Medicare dollars. It's this last item found in a kitchen sink bill you spin into a law giving freebies to illegal aliens. The Supreme Court laid the ground work for making that requirement to treat apply even to illegal immigrants through its 1982 decision Plyler vs. Doe. You wrote suggesting this bit was part of the immigration act of 1986, or some other immigration bill, which is why the other comment was confused and remarked on the lack of enforcement in immigration law after that amnesty.

      This ad is a calculated and depraved exploitation of women, cancer victims and their loved ones, all built on a mountain of lies. Which well worn territory and tactics for ever divisive Democrats (all while crying for civility and fairness), this president and his confidants have truly gone too far. This naked deception is utterly indefensible. If they had a modicum of decency in them, this ad campaign would be repudiated by the White House and yet, tellingly, they claim ignorance and clean hands. Who knew we'd long for the days of a president who argued over the meaning of the word "is."

      August 9, 2012 at 4:07 am |
    • BinaryTooth

      Get of Obama's back. This is a pure accident and he had nothing to do with it. If you want to see something bad then look a that ol' Bush. Bush runied Obama's chances to do anything good.

      August 9, 2012 at 7:51 am |
    • John

      Do you libs ever care that dingy Harry Reid became a millionaire while IN OFFICE? He is now worth over 4 million. We need to see his taxes. He is a slime ball – and most likely a crook – where did his money come from?
      You stupid libs know Romney earned his money, unlike "dingy".

      August 9, 2012 at 8:00 am |
    • Howard

      Obama, Reid, and Pelosi are just DIRTY LIARS. Besides, the only reason Obama is even with Romney in the polls, is because Obama has already spent over 100 million dollars trashing Romney in television ads ... Romney is not permitted to spend his money on advertising until after the Republican convention. What you Obama stooges don't seem to understand is America is more important than Obama ... and, Obama is destroying America.

      August 9, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
  4. myviewis

    It just occurred to me that of course President Obama wants to distance himself from Priorities USA and their campaign to connect Bain Capital to the death of Joe Soptic's wife, because Bain Capital at that time Mr. Soptic was laidoff Bain Capital was being run by Jonathan Levine who is President Obama's friend and campaign bundler. If anything Priorities USA is tying Jonathan Levine to Mrs. Soptic's death!!!!!!!!!!! Wow!!!!!!!! This makes a great report!!!!!

    August 8, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
  5. bob

    Can we all now agree that everyone tied to Obama is corrupt. Why is anyone considering reelecting this man?

    August 8, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
  6. myviewis

    I wonder if it occurred to Priorities USA when they started to tie Bain Capital to the death of this lady Mrs. Soptic that Bain Capital was being run at that time by President Obama's friend, campaign bundler who I think not too long ago held a fund raiser for President Obama and this story actually will take a turn towards Jonathan Bain who was handling the layoffs which of course includes Mr. Joe Soptic.

    August 8, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
  7. NativeUSA

    Joe Soptic is a liar, Romney was not even at Bain when this idiot lost his job and his wife had insurance for years after he lost his job from her job...........Romney stuck by his wife who suffered through breast cancer I think he is far more human than this thug liar whose wife died probably because she was worried about her no load whining liberal husband. For teh President to approve this ad is not only straight out of a Chicago gutter but typical of the liar divider spender he is.

    August 8, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
  8. Jerry

    Does OBAMboozler, Jen Psaki, Stephanie Cutter and and the rest of HIS flunkies REALLY think we Americans are that STUPID?! The head of the Priorities USA super pack used to work for Mr. OBAMboozler. Come on America, wake up from you slumber. In essence, OBAMboozler and his cohorts have been lying through their "fillings" from day one and there are still some people that believe Mr. OBAMboozler is the best thing since sliced bread. Any doubts? Simply listen to some of the comments by Bobble Head Pelosi, Senile Reed and numerous others.

    It's really a shame that my beloved Democratic party has been highjacked by a bunch of liars, divisive, and unpatriotic morons. However, what is more surprising, at least to me, is that American voters (both Democrats and Republicans) seem to be allowing the lies and the divisive tactics to continue unabated.

    May the Lord help my beloved country... I really, really hope America wakes up before the 2012 elections are history.

    August 8, 2012 at 8:46 pm |
    • myviewis

      I wrote earlier that if it occurred to Priorities USA when they started to tie Bain Capital to the death of this lady Mrs. Soptic that Bain Capital was being run at that time by President Obama's friend, campaign bundler who I think not too long ago held a fund raiser for President Obama and this story actually will take a turn towards Jonathan Bain who was handling the layoffs which of course includes Mr. Joe Soptic.

      August 8, 2012 at 9:32 pm |
    • LIB

      @Jerry, you just described the GOP/TP. I haven't seen or heard the president at anytime being divisive. So far all his policies have been inclusive of every American. Divisive is spelt.... GOP. From the moment Mitch MCconnel made the GOP party vow they would not work with the president before he could even finish his oath, I would say they are the supreme divisive party. Democrats have never been divisive. Just check the GOP convention and let's take a poll then to see which party is the most divisive.

      August 8, 2012 at 10:34 pm |
      • Lizzie

        So telling the opposition, shut up I'm President, get to the back of the bus, your not invited to the discussion, sound like someone who is trying to work with the opposition. Or is it MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY.

        August 9, 2012 at 12:20 am |
      • bb

        U cant believe what u just wrote?? No one is that ignorant!!!!

        August 9, 2012 at 8:39 am |
      • John

        bb – I will avoid saying "you are". But, looking at your posts it seems like you bow down to the lib dem party line..

        August 9, 2012 at 11:24 am |
    • Mr. NJH

      Jerry, Americans aren't stupid, just you and Willard. I'm sitting here at my Country Club laughing at you and your so called candidate..You Losers.

      August 9, 2012 at 9:51 am |
  9. joe

    Obama and Reid are both liars it seems – I know because a man at Bain told me so

    August 8, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
  10. Howard

    AFTER BLOWING 100 MILLION DOLLARS TO DEMONIZE ROMNEY, I GUESS OBAMA CAN'T AFFORD TO HIRE MORE THAN ONE ACTOR FOR ALL HIS SLEEZY COMMERCIALS.

    August 8, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      NICE TO KNOW THAT MITT HAS ENOUGH MONEY TO HIRE MULTIPLE ACTORS TO LIE ABOUT OBAMA. THANKS FOR THE HEADS UP.

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

      August 8, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
      • Lizzie

        Right Romney for speaking the truth is called a liar, Pres.Obama and his campaign lie and it becomes the truth.

        August 9, 2012 at 12:22 am |
      • John

        Nice to know Obama's campaign is in the red. He runs his campaign like he runs the country – take money from people and waste it with no accountability as to where it went...

        August 9, 2012 at 7:58 am |
      • Doug

        CNN doesn't care about the truth! It's obvious with the lack of indepth, one sided, liberal reporting on this Obama add as is most of the political stories CNN writes. Truth and honest journalism is NOT a CNN requirement as proven by "Wolfy".Neither are moral standards! Do they understand that there may be a Felony involved making this add?Do they even care?

        August 9, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN ADS ARE WORKING JUST FINE. MITT ROMNEY STOOGES SHOULD WORRY ABOUT THEIR OWN CAMPAIGN NOT RESONATING WITH ANYONE. THERE ARE A LOT OF JEALOUS REPUBLITARD LOSERS HERE THAT SHOULD PROBABLY BE DOING MORE FOR THEIR CANDIDATE. IS MITT NOT PAYING YOU ENOUGH?

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

        August 9, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
      • Howard

        And ... Obama has enough money ... even though it's OTHER peoples money ... to buy votes from free loaders ... and, the other dregs of society ... like you AC-DC

        August 9, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  11. CJK

    The people "have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge– I mean of the character and conduct of their rulers." – JOHN ADAMS (1735-1826)

    August 8, 2012 at 9:05 pm |
  12. CJK

    "Americanism is a question of principle, of purpose, of idealism, of character. It is not a matter of birthplace or creed or line of descent." – THEODORE ROOSEVELT (1858-1919)

    August 8, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
  13. Amused

    Well, this sux.

    We all know that Obama is not very good at being President.

    We all thought that Obama was very, very good at campaigning.

    Now, he is likely to win re-election in a country that knows he is not that good at anything.

    August 8, 2012 at 10:17 pm |
    • Jeaux Bleaus

      I think his supporters are going to have a very somber Nov. 7.

      August 8, 2012 at 10:19 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      YOU SAID THAT WITH SO MUCH CONVICTION. IT'S LIKE SAYING YOU ARE WATCHING THE OLYMPICS LIVE ON NBC.

      HAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

      August 8, 2012 at 10:26 pm |
      • Howard

        WE ALL KNOW YOU MEANT TO SAY: HE HAW – HE HAW – HE HAW ... you stupid JACK ASS !!!

        August 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
  14. judy

    mitt is the one using actors. Thye can dish it out but sure can't take it when the dems pish back. Romney is a creep who won;t show us his tax returns keeps his money off shore and was at bain for differnet years depending on which lie he is telling. But how could he be president and getting a salary and president of company after he said he retired.? If thats how he runs his business do we need him in wqashington. Liar . Forward 2012

    August 8, 2012 at 11:00 pm |
    • Scott

      I see you are a brainwashed simpleton to, you must be drinking the kool-aid that Obama gives out. Obama has built his preisdency on lies and the backs of working class families, Obma does not care who he destroys all he cares about is getting elected again. Obama a dirty lying coward, who is not fit to shine Romneys shoes. Vote romney 2012 for a better America. Vote Obama to destroy america.

      August 9, 2012 at 7:19 am |
    • uncdig

      wrong forum – this one was about Obama & his staff caught lying.

      August 9, 2012 at 8:31 am |
      • Scott

        Your right I just needed to vent, Obama makes me so made at times.

        August 9, 2012 at 11:09 am |
    • JB7659

      You seem to forget the simple fact that Obama has NEVER run a business, or even had a private sector (i.e. real) job.! So how could a community organizer (code word for a guy with a bullhorn who incites ignorant people to throw bricks) / Harvard academic have any clue about how businesses operate? It seems ludicrous to criticize a very successful CEO about his business abilities when his opponent has no track record in the business world at all. Everything Obama has learned has come from Reverend Wright and a bunch of Harvard professors.

      August 9, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
  15. California

    HEY HUSSEIN OBAMA, WHO DID ROMNEY KNOCK OFF TODAY??? WAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    August 8, 2012 at 11:41 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      HIS DOG?
      HIS HORSE?
      HIS GROCERIES?

      AND THAT'S PRESIDENT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA TO YOU, DIPSTICK.

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

      August 8, 2012 at 11:56 pm |
      • bo

        For the President, his dog and his groceries are one and the same.

        August 9, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  16. Pat peters

    Another 200000 more jobs will bring us back to the 2001 level, when do the tax cuts to the wealthy tinkle down to me

    August 9, 2012 at 12:07 am |
  17. California

    Reid accuses Romeny of tas evasion and Obama supports Reid's accusations.

    August 9, 2012 at 12:10 am |
    • Lizzie

      Anyone looking into Reid's offshore accounts and money made supporting prostitution in Nevada, it's been a rumor for years.

      August 9, 2012 at 12:24 am |
  18. Lizzie

    "Aboard Air Force One, campaign spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters that the campaign had “no involvement with any ads that are done by Priorities USA.” David Plouffe was Senior Advisor to Pres.Obama. He quitt his job and now is head of Priorities USA, he also just received a $100000 payment from the IRANIEN government. Don't we have sanctions
    against IRAN.

    August 9, 2012 at 12:39 am |
  19. HendersonNv

    Last election "Joe the plumber" hurt Obama. Now "Joe the stumper"?

    August 9, 2012 at 12:44 am |
    • Cynthia L

      Seriously?....Joe the Plummer hurt Obama? Only a Tea Party toast-head would believe that. Oh yeah, and the loser John McCain.

      August 9, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  20. aaron

    Obama is just taking a page out of the Repub's play book. Their croonies lie, lie, and lie some more, then the Repubs claim they have no part in it.

    August 9, 2012 at 1:18 am |
    • Howard

      Correction ... Obama has been following the entire Saul Alinsky 'Dirty Politics" play book from day one.

      August 9, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
  21. Inveatment Advisor

    And that wonderful, honest Stephanie Cutter lies and says she is not familiar with Mr Soptics Story. Be proud Obama followers....these "holier than thou" democrats are caught lying......imagine that?!?!?! Now preach to me and all the conservatives out there about Romneys lies......what a bunch of BS.

    August 9, 2012 at 1:35 am |
  22. CryBabies

    @ DEcember 2012...at least have a clue as to what planet we live on! Take another hit!

    August 9, 2012 at 1:40 am |
    • DEcember 2012

      SPOKEN LIKE YOUR MONIKER. CRY SOME MORE REPUBLITARD.

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

      August 9, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  23. California

    Hussein Obama has taken the presidency to an all time new low. Using someones cancer death for political gain.

    DISGUSTING!!!

    August 9, 2012 at 1:40 am |
    • California

      And it is a completel and total lie on top of it.

      This makes pathetic look great.

      August 9, 2012 at 1:41 am |
  24. Investment Advisor

    Democrats don't lie! Especially democrats representing and working directly with President Obama!?!? The transparent administration in action! Now all you brainwashed followers of our current leader, tell all of us conservatives about the Romney lies..... Hogwash!

    August 9, 2012 at 1:46 am |
  25. Latina/diana

    THIS WOMAN AND MANY OF MY SINGLE FRIENDS, DAUGHTER, AND SINGLE NIECES WILL NOT BE VOTING FOR OBAMA, tHEY ALL SAY THAT THEY ARE ALL SICK OF HIS LIES AND HIS ADMINISTRATION , OBUMMER HAS REALLY SHOWN HIS TRUE COLORS. SO MR. PRESIDENT DON'T THINK ALL THE WOMEN ARE VOTING FOR BECAUSE WE ARE NOT AND THERE MANY MANY OF US WOMAN THAT CAN NOT STAND OBUMMER. wE ALL SPEAK THE TRUTH. WE WILL ALL BE VOTING FOR OUR MAN MITTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT2012.

    August 9, 2012 at 2:00 am |
    • Jerry

      Latina/diana, I am a life-long Democrat but I wholeheartedly concur with your posting. It's about time I read/heard about some Latinas (other than the misguided Dominican mama 4 Obama) on these blogs started letting their feelings/opinions known.

      However, don't tell/mention that to traitorous Cristina Sagalegui (Sagalejo?) (EX Univisión program host), though. She's up to her neck from kissing Obamaloney's butt and claiming to speak for ALL Latinos(as). And,of course, promulgating as "gospel truth, Mr. Obamaloney's lying and divisive games.

      Latina/diana, I am really, really proud of you and hope to see your postings on these blogs more often.

      August 9, 2012 at 11:22 am |
    • DEcember 2012

      YOU ARE NEITHER A WOMAN OR A LATINA, YOU SOUND MORE LIKE THAT LOSER WHITE SHERIFF WHO WOULD RATHER HARASS INNOCENT LATINOS AND LATINAS THAN CATCHING REAL CRIMINALS.

      AND JERRY, IF YOU'RE A DEMOCRAT THEN PERHAPS I'M NOT TYPING LOUDLY ENOUGH.

      AND ALSO, IT IS PRESIDENT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA TO YOU, REPUBLITARDS.

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

      August 9, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
      • CryBabies

        I hope you've been sterlized for the good of humanity.....we don't need anymore idiots or liars, your party has outdone itself in that arena.

        August 9, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
      • Howard

        It's B.O. to you AC-DC 2012 ... although you probably don't notice, since you also stink.

        August 9, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
    • Cynthia L

      Bring on the castenets, the sarapes, AND DON'T FORGET THE CHIPS AND GUACAMOLE!!!! Hey,......you aren't really a girl are you. You sound just like HOWARD LARRY MOE CURLYJOE – WELFARE QUEEN.

      August 9, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
      • Howard

        @ SIN-D-L-FROM HELL ...
        You've been lying on all your posts ... claiming you have 2 sons in Afghanistan ... and, then supporting our anti-military President. That's as dishonest and low as your fellow liar, Bill Burton, accusing Romney of murder ... or, your fellow liar,
        Stephanie Cutter lying about knowing Joe Septic. It's lying scum like you who are dragging America down into the gutter.

        August 9, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
      • Cynthia L

        Howard Larry Moe CurlyJoe WELFARE QUEEN
        What's the matter, you feeling a little woozy after spraying 'Raid Ant and Roach Killer' on yer desk?

        August 9, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
  26. Iamnotfooled

    @Latina/diana-(Right I bet)
    Have you seen the polls lately about women voters for President Obama? Your few nieces and few friends don't matter .

    August 9, 2012 at 5:38 am |
    • Jon

      Neither do you!!!!!!!!!!

      August 9, 2012 at 10:21 am |
    • Howard

      Latina/Diana's posting matters more than yours, because she is telling the truth ... while you, Obama, Reid, and Pelosi are just DIRTY LIARS. Besides, the only reason Obama is even with Romney in the polls, is because Obama has already spent over 100 million dollars trashing Romney in television ads ... Romney is not permitted to spend his money on advertising until after the Republican convention. What you Obama stooges don't seem to understand is America is more important than Obama ... and, Obama is destroying America.

      August 9, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
  27. Scott

    Ya right if you believe that Obama has no connection with this Super Pac I have a bridge in New York for sale. If Obama has any guts he would denounce the add. Of course what do you expect from a lying, dirty coward like Obama. Who runs his campaign on lies. Vote Obama to destroy America, vote Romney for a better America.

    August 9, 2012 at 7:15 am |
  28. Tax Payer

    This ad created by the Obama cronies, who all then lied straight through their teeth saying they had no knowledge of this man's situation, are the classic example of the "angry" liberal. Liberals and specifically female liberals are extrmemely angry people. Liberals are a frustrated that others don't buy into their philosophy that hard working Americans need bow down to the government and the government elite that want tocontrol everything. If you work hardand pay taxes yet you don't buy into the philosophy that you should bow down to a government run by people who have never accomplished anything, then youare demonized by these people. They are angryright now, and they are getting angrier by the minute that the obamagravy train is about to go completely off the tracks. lots and lots of anger building. Damn you America!!!

    August 9, 2012 at 7:45 am |
  29. Reggiedw

    The Obama campaign is so corrupt. Just imagine them blaming Romney for something that is a complete lie. I have no sympathy for this man on the death of his wife because he is lying about what really happened. She had life insurance after he got laid off from his job so they did have coverage. I can only say that she is better off not being around him. If he can lie so much on his wife's death then he deserves whatever he gets. The Obama campaign has gone the lowest they can go and this is the type of person the democrats want as their leader. I cannot and will never vote for anybody like him. He is definitely the worst of the worse that you can find. He cannot run on his policies so he is using the Chicago style type of politics. He is running his campaign like a typical bully.....its my way or no way at all. NASTY NASTY NASTY!!!!!!!!!

    August 9, 2012 at 8:03 am |
  30. neil

    Please help us save these jobs.
    http://www.indiegogo.com/save-our-jobs
    Anything you can do is welcomed.

    August 9, 2012 at 8:18 am |
  31. uncdig

    Obamaloney & now Stephanie Cutter caught lying? Surprise surprise surprise

    August 9, 2012 at 8:29 am |
  32. Out Of Touch with reality

    they talk about racist and racism, look who is the biggest racists, Its obama in all his radical unglory. obama is racists against christians, whites, blacks, America, patriots, growth and life. The Biggest Racists is obama.

    August 9, 2012 at 8:49 am |
  33. Jeff

    When is CNN going to finish this story, from what I have read, it was about 5 years later that his wife had cancer. Lets here the "Rest of the Story".

    August 9, 2012 at 8:49 am |
    • RealityBites

      Progressives can't move their agenda on fair and balanced. Personal destruction and innuendo are clearly their tools of choice..

      August 9, 2012 at 10:37 am |
      • Cynthia L

        Bet your car doesn't MOVE well after your personal destruction left you trying to fix it with duck-tape.

        August 9, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
  34. budi

    The only ISSUE PEOPLE WANNA HEARD ARE JOBS AND ECONOMY AND OBAMA DOING EVERYTHING POSSSIBLE TO AVOID EVEN ACCUSING MITT BEING MURDER ,HE WONT TALK ABOUT HIS RECORD COZ HE GUTLESS BLACK SAMBO.
    Now OBAMALONEY say Mitt a murder in add ? If Romney responsible for the murder of that poor women, like obama claim than by HIS OWN STANDART Obamaloony s responsible PERSONNALY FOR THE DEADS OF EVERY PERSON IN A WAR AND IN CHICAGO SINCE HE BECOME PRESIDENT ...Unbelivable .. Mitt has been gone in six years ..in the company ...what NEXT OBLAMA tell romney is child molestation? Barack Obama – The Audacity of a Dope..oblama wanna keep job coz to many stimulus Money go to his recycle and Mitt will investigation and oblama will be in FEDERAL PRISON

    August 9, 2012 at 8:57 am |
    • Cynthia L

      Black Sambo?? Steveo, this is the party of your choice.

      August 9, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
  35. We won't be fooled again

    Soptic is a liar and so pathetic for using his wife's death as a political football. His layoff occurred 2 years after Romney left Bain. Bain then sold the steel mill, and the new owners laid him off. His wife died 7 years after Romney left, and he blames Romney???? Really? And he spent his salary on things other than buy insurance for his wife??? I guess if they don't give it to him, he is not going to buy it, but noone asks what he did spend his salary on??? Generally, government health plans for families are relatively cheap and heavily subsidized. If anyone is to blame, and there is no blame here, it would be him. The fact is she got cancer and would have died regardless. The ultimately responsibility falls directly on Mr Soptic to provide and care for his wife.

    August 9, 2012 at 9:06 am |
  36. Jeff Hammonds

    The problem is that this story will never become widely known. If the Romney camp were to do this, we would see it everywhere.

    August 9, 2012 at 9:37 am |
  37. BinaryTooth

    You tbagers need to get off Obama's back. YOU DON'T KNOW WHO YOU'RE DEALING WITH!!!!!!!!

    Obama 2012

    August 9, 2012 at 10:00 am |
  38. Jon

    I'm sorry but twisting the story of how and why that poor woman died is sick and the President should be ashamed of not only his teams behavior in this particular matter but also himself for quietly allowing it to happen. Are you the POTUS or not!!! If so have some dignity and not use the grief of a widower who as a matter of human behavior, blame any one he can for the tragic loss of his beloved wife. SICK SICK SICK!!!!!!!!

    August 9, 2012 at 10:19 am |
  39. Debby

    The ad is bogus just like the lie that Obama didn't know about it.

    August 9, 2012 at 10:39 am |
    • Dolly

      The point of this ad is that Romney is responsible for Joe Soptic loosing his job. Joe Soptic is not saying that Romney killed his wife. This man is saying that Romney, owner of Bain Capital did not care about the employees loosing their jobs and benefits.

      August 9, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
  40. lolo

    All Mittens has to do is show those tax returns. You foolish republicans are the ones who don't get it or you just don't care so long as he is white. Which is it? Your only concern is to make President Obama a one-termer and it has back fired. Mittens can dish it but can't take it like the wimp he is. He knows nothing about government. Only how to squeaze money out of the government for his and his rich buddies pockets on the tax payers dime. Obama called it perfectly. He is Romneyhood and expects to be president because he is rich. This man does not know how ordinary people live or survive and that is a fact. The photo opt of him at the hardware store and grocery store was hillarious. He doesn't have a clue.

    August 9, 2012 at 10:56 am |
    • rrd

      Nice try but that's not the topic here.

      August 9, 2012 at 10:59 am |
    • Carole

      YO, LOLO, I dare you to go to Gov. Romney's website and view his tax returns!!!! I bet that you would have no clue as to what the returns say. Hey, you probably would not understand my families returns – 1 earner with less than $50,000. in income and the return was 63 pages long including supporting statements!! Gov. Romney's is over 200 pages long!!!

      August 9, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
      • Cynthia L

        Gee, Carole, maybe you should be careful filling out those returns, I mean all that erasing, and the messy, big smudges next to the holes you ripped into the paper take up alot of room. All those used-up pencils are probably included on your charity deductions line. No wonder you are rah-rah-ing for a tax-cheat.

        August 9, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  41. Jerry

    CNN, so the lying games continue!!!

    August 9, 2012 at 11:05 am |
  42. Kool-Aid Police

    Obama assumes voters are stupid and will believe anything, that's how he got elected the first time.

    August 9, 2012 at 11:33 am |
    • Howard

      OBAMA ASSUMES VOTERS ARE STUPID? ... yeah, the ones who vote for him certainly are.

      August 9, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  43. Jeff

    The bigger Issue other than how disgusting the add is
    that this is a direct case of the Campaign and the super pac breaking the law.
    Cutter, Burton if not coordinating would not have teh same stories to tell and they would not have this guy on the campaign trail
    I understand that both sides are doing it but this done without trying to hide it.
    What are the chances that the Campaign and the Super Pac would know of the same person.

    I think an investigation should be started on the Super Pac and the campaign

    August 9, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
  44. sunsudo

    Can't wait till odummer has to answer for HIS record without a telepromter in the debates instead of this bs

    August 9, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  45. DEcember 2012

    MITT ROMNEY: WAIT, I DIDN'T KILL ANYONE DID I?
    CHENEY: YOU ARE PROBABLY ASKING THE WRONG PERSON ON THIS SUBJECT.

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

    August 9, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
    • Howard

      YEAH AC-DC 2012 ...
      obama is the one with the 'HIT LIST'

      NOW ... I'll speak down to you in a language you'll understand:

      HE – HAW – HE – HAW – HE – HAW !!!

      August 9, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • Carole

      The O'Bummer team already have in place a group of people that have been assigned the task of digging up (or making up) topics that can be used against whomever Romney chooses as his running mate. So this lowering of morals by the O'Bama team will not end with the fabrication of events in Mr. Soptic's story!!!

      August 9, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
    • Murphra

      I am willing to bet this DEcember2012 person is a paid political hack or one of the persons too lazy to get of his rear and get a job. It seems you have all day long to comment time after time on any topic concerning our Greatest President ever! Nevermind the fact unemployment is higher than ever and he has not followed through on any of his promises. He had two years controlling both houses of the senate yet he passed nothing! He has yet to have a budget passed, yet! The country is split in more ways than ever thanks to Obomas socialistic divide and destroy mentality. Please, please, please – tell me what he has done to make this country better. Tell me what promises he has finished out of the top ten her promised in 2008. I would love to keep going on but I have a job. Unlike you, sad, sad person. Maybe if you got off your rear and were productive you could get a job too and then you would understand why working people are against Oboma – his policies are not just against the dreaded 1%. they are hurting all of us but your too blinded by hate and stupidity (sorry but its the truth) to notice, or care. Good luck in life...

      HAHAHAHAHHAAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

      August 9, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  46. ZionistCensorship

    My heart goes out to Joe Soptic. I can see why he would become a bitter old white man.

    August 9, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  47. lolo

    All Mittens has to do is show those tax returns. You foolish republicans are the ones who don't get it or you just don't care so long as he is white. Which is it? Your only concern is to make President Obama a one-termer and it has back fired. Mittens can dish it but can't take it like the wimp he is. He knows nothing about government. Only how to squeaze money out of the government for his and his rich buddies pockets on the tax payers dime. Obama called it perfectly. He is Romneyhood and expects to be president because he is rich. This man does not know how ordinary people live or survive and that is a fact. The photo opt of him at the hardware store and grocery store was hillarious. He doesn't have a clue.

    August 9, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  48. kay

    So what? cnn's pundits don't speak for me. I'm not at all offended. This man had a story to tell, and he has the right to feel resentment and express said resentment any way he wants. Excellent ad, lets stop pampering the upper class and expose what their actions do to american communities.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  49. kay

    Yes, lets put all mitt's dirty little secrets out for the public to see. The more people know about romney, the less they like him.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  50. Dolly

    The point of this ad shows another person lost there job and benefits because of Romney. The actions of Bain Capital did not care what happen to there employees. This is another example of Romney's main goals was to make money for stockholder's. Joe Soptic loss his job of 45k a year. Joe Soptic is not blaming his wife death on Romney. He is blaming Romney for taking away his employment.

    August 9, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
  51. GetReal

    First of all, to all of you who are trashing Obama over this, he had nothing to do with the ad.
    Secondly, the ad should have been about the benefits of ACA, instead of Bain and Romney. With ACA coverage, Mr Soptic's wife could have received preventative screening and treatment.
    Instead, they attempted to make a lame connection to Bain and are paying the price for their mistake.

    August 9, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
    • Cynthia L

      OH BUT I DISAGREE! The Mitt campaign is THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING!!.
      His Spokesperson, ANDREA SAUL when on FOX NEWS and also gave an interview with Rushbo SAYING THAT
      (her words) "THE MAN'S' FAMILY WOULD HAVE HAD HEALTHCARE IF THEY HAD LIVED IN MASS."

      August 9, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
  52. mike

    1) Soptic's wif e was diagnosed with cancer FIVE YEARS after Soptic left his job and died 22 days later . 2) This company continued to operate for a full 8 years after Bain purchased it, this was not a case of Bain buying out a company and then immediately "flipping" it for a quick profit.3) Soptic was offered a buyout, which he declined 4) Soptic's wife had insurance from her own job until she quit in 2002. 4) In the year before the steel mill closed it had become very unprofitable because of the influx of cheep steel imported from China 5) The steel mill took a huge loss in the year before it's closing because of a two week steelworker strike 6) Romney had left the company before the sale.6) When the steel mill closed Obama fundraiser Eric Levine was the man running it. 7) Stephanie Cutter, Obama's deputy campaign manager participated in a conference call where Soptic told his story, but later said she had no idea about the circumstances of Soptic's wife death (and in fairness, that is possible as she might have only heard his account) 8) The Super-Pac producing the ad is headed in part by longtime Obama crony and Rahm Emmanuel advisor Bill Burton.

    August 11, 2012 at 4:30 pm |