And as a matter of fact, the Obama campaign was so taken with former GST steel worker Joe Soptic he appears in the very beginning of the video, and reappears throughout.
This is a screenshot. Video link below.
From the video’s info:
Kansas City’s GST Steel had been making steel rods for 105 years when Romney and his partners took control in 1993. They cut corners and extracted profit from the business at every turn, placing it deeply in debt. When the company eventually declared bankruptcy, workers not only lost their jobs but were denied their full pensions and health insurance, and the government was forced to step in and provide a bailout.
Link at YouTube: http://youtu.be/ZMndjLIQUFw
Here is a screenshot of the video’s page on Obama’s ‘Truth Team’ starring Joe Soptic. That is him in the still frame below. Link: http://www.barackobama.com/romney/economics/gst/gst-intro
The Priorities USA video “Understands” featuring Obama video star Joe Soptic:
This is a screenshot. See video link below.
Link at YouTube: http://youtu.be/Nj70XqOxptU
Note: Mr. Soptic is wearing the same shirt in both videos.
And Joe’s wife continued to have health insurance through her employer. His termination at GST Steel and subsequent loss of health insurance had no effect on her health care what…so…ever.
Moving along: NewsBusters reports that Obama Campaign Press Secretary Jen Psaki refused to condemn the Priorities USA ad. Is it any wonder since the Obama camp danced around the same accusation back in May?
In the 6 pm hour, [CNN's] Blitzer brought on Obama campaign press secretary Jen Psaki and Romney adviser Bay Buchanan. Psaki refused repeatedly to condemn the ad:
WOLF BLITZER: Let’s take a closer look now, Kate, at what may be the harshest political ad so far of this political season. [Section of ad replayed] You want to associate or disassociate yourself with this pro- Obama super PAC ad?
JEN PSAKI: Well, as you know, we have about as much to do with the priorities ads, the super PAC ads, as Michael — as we do with Michael Phelps winning gold medals last week. I can’t speak to the ad. I mean, there’s a larger question here we’ve been discussing for months, which is what we do and don’t know about Mitt Romney’s time at Bain, how long he was there, what decisions he was involved in, you know, who he laid off, who he was involved with laying off, and what benefits were cut.
BLITZER: Brianna Keilar did a fact check of that ad, and it is — it’s full of falsehoods. So you don’t have to — obviously, you had nothing to do with it. The campaign is not associated with the super PAC. But you can say, “You know what? We want to disassociate ourselves from that ad, because it’s repulsive.” Do you want to say something?
PSAKI: Well, first, Wolf, we have nothing to do with the ad. We’re focused on our race. We’re focused on going to Colorado tomorrow, and that’s where we’re at from the campaign side.
KATE BOLDUAN: Do you want to have inaccurate ads, inaccurate information out there? If this was coming from a Romney super PAC, you guys would be all over this.
PSAKI: Well, look, I mean, we’re focused about when the president goes out there, and he’s talking about the campaign, he’s talking about the differences between himself and Mitt Romney, he’s going to be out there tomorrow, talking about women’s health care, and providing access to affordable health care for women. That’s what this race is about. We can’t speak to the super PAC ads. We don’t have anything to do with them. So I don’t have anything further on the super PAC ads.
BLITZER: Because it is pretty — pretty serious here when you’re not doing it, but the super PAC is making this allegation that Mitt Romney is responsible for the death of this woman when that’s simply not true.
PSAKI: Well, Wolf, you know, I didn’t — I wasn’t involved with making the ad. No one on the campaign was involved with making the ad. Let the super PAC speak to that.
Bay Buchanan just dropped a rhetorical bomb on Psaki:
BUCHANAN: This is typical. We have the most powerful man in the world, president of the United States, takes no responsibility for his campaign, no responsibility for his PACs, no responsibility for his cabinet members, who are out there raising money for this PAC so this ad can run. Takes no responsibility for the pain and suffering this country is suffering. The people in this country are suffering with the high unemployment, loss of homes, falling into poverty. The only thing he takes responsibility for is the businesses other people are building.
Did the Obama campaign collude with Priorities USA’s production of the Romney attack ad, as the maker of this video believes? I would not put anything past them. But, it is a FACT that not only do Obama senior campaign officials speak at and appear at ‘Obama supported’ Priorities USA’s fundraising events, so do Obama administration and Cabinet officials. As announced in this Barack Obama.com blog posting by Obama’s campaign manager Jim Messina: Link: http://www.barackobama.com/news/entry/we-will-not-play-by-two-sets-of-rules
Raising funds, that no doubt go towards producing Obama friendly/ Romney attack ads. Obama and Priorities USA are as snug as two bugs in a rug, that much is clear…
Update: RB of the The Right Sphere lays out the facts:
Here we have a case where one guy, Joe Soptic, appeared in an Obama ad, then told a story about his wife dying on a conference call hosted by Stephanie Cutter, then told the same story in an ad that was made by former White House Deputy Press Secretary, Bill Burton, who now runs Priorities USA – A pro-Obama SuperPAC. ……
Team Romney has put up a detailed chronicling of the deception here.
Again, to make it really simple:
1) The Obama campaign used Joe Soptic in an ad.
2) The Obama campaign hosted a conference call where Joe Soptic told his story.
3) Joe Soptic tells the same story in an ad made by a former White House senior staffer.
4) The Obama campaign refuses to denounce the ad and even claims they have no knowledge of Soptic’s story.
Update 2: Lookie here, another Obama camp connected Joe Soptic sighting! This time in a BarackObama.com blog posting.
Update 3: Audio of Joe Soptic’s conference call with Obama’s Deputy Campaign manager Stephanie Cutter.
Cutter LYING trough her teeth:
(CNN) –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.”
On a May 14 Obama campaign conference call featuring both Soptic and Cutter, he even told an almost identical story to the one he tells in the new Super PAC ad.
At the end of his remarks, Soptic turns the call back over to Cutter.
“We really appreciate you sharing your experiences,” Cutter said.
Update 4: Yet another Joe Soptic sighting on Barack Obama.com!
In related news: Politico Catches Obama Campaign In Lie… and Buries It
Also see: CNN: Obama Blessed Super PAC ‘Priorities USA’ Ad Blaming Romney For Women’s Cancer Death “Not Accurate” “Full Of Falsehoods”
Video: Obama Was Vehemently Against Super PAC’s Before He Was For Them
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