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. FULL POST

Topics: 2012 Election • Campaign • President Obama
Obama focuses on women's issues in Denver
August 8th, 2012
06:29 PM ET

Obama focuses on women's issues in Denver


Denver (CNN) – At the first stop of a two-day campaign trip through Colorado, President Obama made his pitch to female voters, telling a crowd here that on women's health issues his opponents "want to take us back to the policies more suited to the 1950's than the 21st century."

"The decisions that affect a woman's health, they're not up to politicians, they're not up to insurance companies. They're up to you," Obama said. "And you deserve a President who will fight to keep it that way. That's the President I've been. That's the President I will be if I get a second term as President of the United States, to keep moving this country forward."


Topics: 2012 Election • Campaign • President Obama • Women
August 8th, 2012
04:44 PM ET

White House, Obama campaign distance themselves from Super PAC ad

One day after refusing to answer questions about a television ad put out by pro-Obama Super PAC Priorities USA, on Wednesday both the White House and the Obama campaign distanced themselves from the new attacks on Mitt Romney’s record.

The ad ties the actions of Romney’s old financial firm Bain Capital to the 2006 death of factory worker Joe Soptic’s wife. Soptic, an employee of GST Steel in Missouri for nearly 30 years, was laid off in 2001 when Bain closed the factory where he worked. This caused him to lose his health insurance, which also covered his wife Ilyona.

Years later Ilyona died rather suddenly from stage-four lung cancer that had gone undiagnosed, a situation that Soptic told CNN was caused by Bain’s decision to shutter the Kansas City steel mill where he had worked.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters traveling with the president aboard Air Force One on Wednesday that he had not seen the ad, quickly brushing aside repeated questions about whether or not its allegations are appropriate.

“I still haven’t seen the ad,” Carney said. “I’ve read about it. I don’t speak for a third-party group. I speak for the President and the administration, and I explain and defend his policies.”

Traveling campaign spokesperson Jen Psaki was even blunter.

“We have nothing - no involvement with any ads that are done by Priorities USA,” Psaki said. “We don’t have any knowledge of the story of the family. As you know, campaign finance rules in that regard are in place for a reason. At the same time, while we’re talking about this ad, which we all know we had no involvement in, Mitt Romney’s team is running a dishonest ad, an ad that is a big, bold-faced lie that even President Clinton has said was disappointing and inaccurate. And that’s an ad that they should be held accountable for and on the facts, because right now they’re out there running it across the country as if this is a true policy when in fact it’s not. So that’s a conversation we feel like we should be having.”

Topics: 2012 Election • Campaign • Gaggle Notes • President Obama • Super PAC
Obama back to swing state Colorado
August 8th, 2012
07:53 AM ET

Obama back to swing state Colorado

The president returns to the battleground state of Colorado Wednesday for a two day four event campaign swing.  This as a new Quinnipiac/ CBS News/ New York Times poll shows him behind Romney in Colorado by 5 points: 45% to Romney’s 50%. (check out how the race plays in key swing states on CNN Political Ticker)


9:00AM In-Town Pool Call Time

10:35AM THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews/ South Lawn/ Open Press

10:50AM THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews en route Denver, Colorado / Out-of-Town Travel Pool


12:10PM THE PRESIDENT arrives Denver, Colorado/ Buckley Air Force Base / Open Press

1:20PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a campaign event/ Auraria Event Center / Open to Pre-Credentialed Media FULL POST