Thursday, 09 Aug 2012 09:17 PM
By Todd Beamon and Kathleen Walter
The Obama campaign “got caught lying” and “with their pants down” in linking Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney to a television ad about a woman's death from cancer, leading Romney surrogate John Sununu told Newsmax.TV in an exclusive interview.
“This is a perfect sign of how desperate the president is to avoid talking about issues,” the former GOP New Hampshire governor and White House Chief of Staff said. “Actually, the new low was reached in denying that they knew anything about this ad — and then getting caught having had a discussion of exactly the same topic, with exactly the same individual that’s in the ad, in a telephone news conference with the press last May.”
The advertisement, sponsored by the pro-Obama group Priorities USA Action, suggests that Romney’s business dealings contributed to former steelworker Joe Soptic's wife's death from cancer by depriving her of health insurance.
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The spot has drawn widespread criticism for its negativism — particularly since it was learned that Soptic got another job with health insurance, but decided not to put his wife on his policy to save money.
There are also unanswered questions as to how much the White House knew about the Soptic case as he had been used in a campaign conference call in May.[...]