President Obama sought to distance himself from an ad by the Pro-Obama PAC Priorities USA Action that suggests Gov. Mitt Romney’s actions at Bain Capital were responsible for the death of the wife of a man who had lost his insurance.
“I don’t think that Gov. Romney is somehow responsible for the death of that woman,” Obama said.
Obama, who spoke at an impromptu news conference today in the White House briefing room, did not condemn the ad. But he said he did he “did not approve” it, noted it was put out by a third party, and said it has “barely” run on the air.
Officials in charge of the PAC, including former Deputy White House Press Secretary Bill Burton, have had close ties to the White House and the president.
But while steering clear of the ad, Obama amplified his campaign’s attack on Romney for failing to release his taxes, saying that Americans want evidence that Romney is playing “by the same set of rules” that they are. When asked if this meant Romney might be doing something illegal, Obama said he meant that Romney has certain tax advantages most Americans lacked, like Swiss bank accounts.
The Obama campaign has been darkly hinting that Romney may have cheated on his taxes.
Obama asserted that “Nobody accused Mr. Romney of being a felon.”
That may be technically true, but it’s misleading. Obama campaign spokesman Stephanie Cutter stated last month that Romney might have misrepresented to the SEC his role in Bain Capital, adding, “which is a felony.”