This is an ad put out by Priorities USA, a super-PAC that supports Barack Obama and works closely with his campaign:
There appears to be no actual policy argument here at all, unless The One now opposes layoffs on principle, for fear that someone somewhere might be left without insurance. Is that where our very pro-business president — seriously, just ask him — is now at? As John Sexton says, does this mean O himself is on the hook until 2014 for any deaths that resulted from GM dealerships being closed in 2009? I thought workers bore some responsibility to find a new job with insurance after they’re laid off, but if he wants to take the blame for human tragedies at Government Motors, fine by me.
But this is not the worst of it. The worst of it is that the ad is a baldfaced lie to begin with.
In fact, Romney was no longer in operational control of Bain after 1999 (as confirmed by the NY Times). The steel mill that Joe Soptic worked at closed in 2001. Scoptic’s wife died in 2006. Further, as CNN reports, Soptic’s wife had insurance for at least part of the time between 2001 and her death in 2006:
(H/t Katrina Trinko)
Mitt Romney and Bain have nothing–absolutely nothing–to do with this woman’s death. Further, since this can easily be established by even the most basic fact-checking, Priorities USA had to be aware of this before it filmed and aired the ad. It is a despicable slander, and they know it.
If Obama had any shame at all, he would demand that this ad be withdrawn.