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WH, Obama Campaign Refuse to Disavow Vicious Ad

Both the White House and the Obama campaign today refused to disavow an ad by the pro-Obama SuperPac Priorities USA Action which suggested Mitt Romney’s actions at Bain Capital had resulted in the death of a woman.

Speaking today to reporters aboard Air Force One as President Obama traveled on a two-day political trip to Colorado, both White House Press Secretary Jay Carney and Obama campaign press secretary Jen Psaki declined to comment on the ad and sought instead to switch the subject to a Romney campaign ad they object to.

From the White House transcript:

Q    Jay, I wanted to follow up on a question from the briefing yesterday.  You said you’d get back to us on your assessment of the Priorities ad and whether it was appropriate to essentially tie Mitt Romney to the man in the video’s wife’s death.  And Jen, I’d like to get your assessment of that ad as well.

MR. CARNEY:  Well, I’ll simply say that I haven’t seen the ad but I have read about it.  And I speak for the President.  I do not speak for a third-party organization.  This was in the context yesterday of a discussion about the categorically false and blatantly dishonest advertisement from the Romney campaign  — not a third-party group — from the Romney campaign with regards to the President’s policy on welfare reform.  And I would just state that, again, the ad is categorically false and blatantly dishonest . . .

Q    This is a separate issue.

MR. CARNEY:  No, no, no, this is not a separate issue.  This is about Romney campaign’s advertising about the President’s policy . . .

Q    Jay, this isn’t a one-for-one thing.  This isn’t, well — my question is about the White House and the President’s assessment of whether it’s appropriate for a third-party group that supports Obama to put out an ad that essentially ties Mitt Romney to a worker’s wife’s death.

MR. CARNEY:  I still haven’t seen the ad.  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 . . .

MS. PSAKI:  I will echo some of what Jay said here, which is that we have nothing — no involvement with any ads that are done by Priorities USA.  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 . . .

Carney has in the past commented on actions by such “third party organizations.” Just last April, he commented about an online petition being circulated by a Republican SuperPac calling on Obama to voluntarily pay more in taxes:

“Gimmicks by SuperPACs funded by multi-millionaires who are advancing an agenda that would protect them from having to pay their fair share in taxes, protect them from having to pay a tax on their income at a rate similar to middle-class Americans, are not things that we take very seriously,” he said.

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40 Responses to WH, Obama Campaign Refuse to Disavow Vicious Ad

  1. Raise your hand if you believe that Carney has not seen the ad. Just as I figured. You know the song I’m about to sing, right? Liar, liar, pants on fire…….

  2. PS: And good luck tweeting to Carney to say that he’s a liar. His Twitter account has a little disclaimer: “say something mean and we sick the Feds on you AND audit your taxes!” Well, that’s MY interpretation of this:
    @PressSec
    An official WH twitter account. Comments & messages received through official WH pages are subject to the PRA and may be archived.

  3. “Since the ad was launched, a number of reports have called into question its accuracy, pointing out that Soptic’s wife actually died in 2006 — years after the GST Steel plant was shut down. Furthermore, Soptic’s wife had her own employee-sponsored health insurance, whereas his policy through GST Steel was actually her secondary coverage. An injury forced Soptic’s wife out of her own job, thus leaving her without health insurance.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/08/priorities-usa-action-romney-ad_n_1756972.html

      • Question. . .Do you think Mr. Soptic got paid for doing this ad. . .is there a way to find out? How much would be enough to ease his loss or is he a true, dyed in the wool Dem that he did this ad for free (simply because he hates the GOP/Romney)? Hope he didn’t sell his soul for the once almighty dollar (actually, if he did get paid, hope he asked to be paid in gold as the current bunch in the WH are doing everything they can to devalue the dollar)!

      • ON video, Mr. Soptic has admitted that before his employer’s plant was shuttered, Bain Capital offered him a Buy-Out deal (that would have had a health care plan covered in it),… and he refused the offer. FOX has the video.

        Cry me a river, Coptic,… you blew it, not Bain, nor Mitt who was gone from Bain years before you were offered their buy-out deal.

        In America, personal responsibility trumps blaming others for your poor decisions,… time to grow up and be a man, and stop dragging your wife’s memory through the mud for your 30 pieces of Obama silver – despicable, and now your busted by your own admission on their video.

        Expect a subpoeana to testify before the FEC in their investigation of Burton/Cutter/Carney/WH and Priorties USA for violating the Super Pac rule of no contact between the Obama Campaign and the SP.

        Dance with the Devil, Sir, and you’ll pay and pay,… now get out your dancing shoes, there’s far more dancing to do for you.

        PS: can we now accuse Obama/Geithner/Jarrett for the sufferings of the 20,000 non-union Delphi retirees who had their pensions/health care stolen illegally by this trio, as the official memos revealed by the Daily Caller this week reveal?

        Are they home wreckers,… are they murderers,… and most importantly, will Obama’s Mediocre Shilling Media (MSM) even cover this massive theft that reveals that unless you are a union member that contributes to Obama’s Campaign through your Thug bosses, then Barry’s Social Justice and Fairness don’t apply to you?

        In ChicagObama, it’s called Pay-2-Play, not Fairness!

        Hopefully, our host, Mr. Koffler will delve further into this crime/cover-up.

        Remember this November,… No 4 Mo – BHO Gotta Go!

  4. Carney is really becoming disgusting…

    I am sickened that NO ONE in the “WH press corps” will ever ‘challenge/question’ Carney.

    (re: this NEVER happened in the Bush WH…)

  5. I think this is just fuel being thrown on the outrage of the anti-Obama crowd. They know the video is lowdown dirty, but they see the outrage it creates and so they fan the flames with their nonchalant attitude, thus continuing the distraction from Comrade Obama’s miserable performance as POTUS.

  6. MrCarney and MsPsaki are doing their job. They were hired to deflect, spin, rotate and deflate anything that might hurt the reputation of their boss.
    In the case of the misleading disgusting ad, they really, really want this to go away, but the story keeps growing more legs and moving faster.

    Americans don’t like dirty politics and this administration is as dirty as it gets.
    They learned nothing from the elections of 2010, nothing from the current upheaval of RINOs in favor of tea party favorites, RushLimbaugh, Chick-fil-a, SarahPalin, et al, and it will cost them a lot.

      • Interesting that you use the phrase They don’t even see us coming, because I think they do see us. The see us and are trying to throw anything and everything in our face to distract us from our goal.

        They’re sounding beyond desperate with their accusations. MrRomney is a felonious, tax cheating, murderer who wants your children to die of e-coli poisoning while they’re starving. He hates women so much he wants them to have children and probably breast cancer. It’s dirty, lowdown, over the top, thuggish politics that might work in Chicago with it’s dubious values, but it doesn’t fly in my country.

      • You’ve got that right. Ignore the polls from NY Times, et al. They poll democrats +7 to +11 points more than republicans. They are hoping to con stupid people into voting for Obama so they are not on the losing end of the vote. Unfortunately, we are NOT stupid and the people that are will probably vote this time. The bloom is off the rose. The more vicious these ads are, the less likely they will be to vote.

      • Everyone says that, and everyone also says they hate attack ads.

        So, which is it? Honestly, we’ll see in November. Romney is most likely going to stick with the path he’s currently on, and Obama is going to get dirtier and dirtier.

        If Obama wins, we’ll have our answer.

        • If Obama wins, it will be because he and his fellow travelers have successfully stolen the election. Just last Friday, Obama-appointed US District Judge Gregg Costa, blocked Texas from enforcing voter registration laws, so that ACORN rebranded can continue with their mass voter registration of graveyard residents, stray dogs and cats, and illegal aliens. These shenanigans are happening all over the country because this totalitarian regime wants to win this election “by any means necessary”.

  7. I think it’s especially vile and disgusting that they used Mrs. Soptic this way in an ad to try and smear Romney. Her husband must be a proud man to have dragged his dead wife through this snake pit of lies.

    • . . .it’s just his way of justifying all her vaca’s; expensive clothes, more vaca’s. . .and every now and then, they put out pics of her shopping at Target so that she appears to feel the pain of the “little people”–they are disgusting!

    • I remember the chatter before Michelle Antoinette became First Lady, but after the election. Suddenly, the idea was floating around that First Ladies should receive a salary. Coincidence? Remember the adoring AfAm elementary student, a little girl, who told MoochMORE that she wanted to grow up and be First Lady? Our gracious FLOTUS replied, “It doesn’t pay much.” Oh, Missy Meesh has had a twig up her butt for nearly four years that in her unelected position as the wife of a politician she is not making the money that she made as wifey of a connected Senator.

      Of course, she could have stayed in Chicago and kept her job and no one would have missed her. But she moved to Washington and created a career as a celeb for herself and apparently still thinks she should be paid for being a social climber and international nouveau riche embarrassment.

      I have always suspected that her vacays and high-end dinners are her way of extracting her “salary” from the taxpayers. She seems to think that she should be paid a lot.

      • I agree, Car. I’m a homemaker, and trust me, I don’t get near the perks this “unpaid” woman does. Forget wardrobes, stylists, exotic overseas trips and expensive US vacations. My clothes come from Walmart, I have rollers and a brush, don’t own a passport, and count my US vacations as trips to the local pool. Pay her? Please, she’s being paid, just not with hard cash.

        • Then, WM, this song is dedicated to you and all of the millions of working & home-making wives/moms/grandmothers out across our fruited plains that also share and feel Loretta Lynn’s dilemma and attitude to the Patricians running amuck in our “Athens on the Potomac”/NYC/LA.

          Go on, Barry, sign your EX Order to “legally” payoff Moochelle,… only millions of “Coal Miner’s Daughters” and their “Clinging” men-folk will express their responses on 11/6,…from Topeka to Tucson to Tacoma, all the way back to Troy, and all voting booths in between.

          Gone on, Highness,…awaken General Yamamotto’s Sleeping Giant, fill it with even more Resolve,… to crush your Socialism in the Land of the Free and the Homer of the Brave, please!

          From an oldie, that’s now still in vogue,…thanks to the “Won’s Wife” Who’s Not Yet Proud Of Her Country,… $$$:

          One’s On The Way
          “They say to have her hair done Liz flies all the way to France
          And Jackie’s seen in a discotheque doin’ a brand new dance
          And the White House social season should be glittering and gay
          But here in Topeka the rain is a fallin’….”

          Enjoy the Decca Doll’s satirical, comedic and lyrical parody here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMzSYyjNb74

          And with friends Dolly Parton, Martina McBride, et al, here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=rif4A_6e9pw

  8. We’ll never be re-imbursed for the hundreds of Millions the First Grifter has spent on her lifestyle of the rich and famous, but all of her taxpayer funded ‘assets’, i.e. wardrobe, jewelry, etc. should be seized and auctioned off to pay down the national debt. The idea of paying this welfare queen a salary is beyond the pale. The U.S. Treasury has been her personal ATM machine for the last 4 years!

  9. Obama is the only candidate for president to have killed an American citizen. Awlake, from the president’s ‘kill list’.
    Not to mention US border patrol agents via Oblamer and WithHolder’s Fast & Furious gun running giveaway….

  10. There is SO much Romney could do to counter these attacks but he won’t

    he will pick a boring white guy (pawlenty, petraus (sp?), mcsomeoneboring) , and that will be that

    We are tired of waiting for the other shoe to drop, I know I am.

    I actually liked Santorum, he had fight in him, why did we ended up with harvey milquetoast?

    If Obama’s people want to attack Romney this badly-romney should call for his college records, his religious affiliations, and his college applications

    how dare obama do this with so much of himself he expects people to overlook ?

    But we have romney-we sure got jipped

  11. The Obama ad that has Mr. Soptic in it and this vicious ad from the Super PAC that has Mr. Soptic in it were probably flimed AT THE SAME TIME. Why do I say this? He is wearing the SAME SHIRT! In the Obama ad, he wears glasses with the pull over tan sweater and in the Super PAC ad he wears no glasses but has the EXACT same pull over sweater on. Coincidence? I THINK NOT! Especially since the Obama campaign aide was recorded on the conference call with Mr. Soptic discussing his wife’s death.

    His wife died 7 years AFTER Romney left Bain. Romney left Bain in 1999 and the plant closed in 2001. The plant closed due to China dumping cheap steel in the USA. Many steel plants closed during the same time. This man’s wife died 5 years after the plant closed. This ad is so horrible and the illegal close coordination between the Obama campaign and this vicious Super PAC is so obvious it makes me sick.

    Can’t we file suit against Obama for obvious campaign violations and have him impeached?