In a volley that’s lasted all week, Romney for President struck back today with a new TV ad that tears down the President for an ad released by a pro-Obama super PAC earlier this week in which a former GST Steel worker tries to blame Romney for his wife’s death.
The ad, “America Deserves Better,” was released in response to an ad put out Tuesday by Priorities Action USA and starring former GST Steel worker Joe Soptic. Soptic has appeared in anti-Obama ads before, but this time he went further, indirectly blaming the Governor for his wife’s death from cancer after Soptic lost his health insurance when GST Steel laid him off.
The ad opens with a shot of the President as the narrator asks, “What does it say about a president’s character when his campaign tries to use the tragedy of a woman’s death for political gain?”
The ad shows a screenshot of Soptic discussing his wife’s death in the Priorities ad, and clips from news outlets that called the Priorities ad “disgusting” and “scraping bottom.”
“What does it say about a president’s character when he had his campaign raise money for the ad then stood by as his top aides were caught lying about it?”
The ad cuts to a shot of an Obama aide on CNN. Several of Obama’s staff denied knowledge or connection with the super PAC ad’s story, but Soptic had previously appeared in Obama campaign ads.
“Doesn’t America deserve better than a president who will say or do anything to stay in power?”