Star of Obama Super PAC Ad Won't Comment on Ad's Premise
10:00 AM, Aug 8, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Joe Soptic is the star of the controversial Obama super PAC ad that suggests Mitt Romney's actions at Bain Capital are responsible for his wife's death in 2006.
"In the ad, released Tuesday by Priorities USA and titled 'Understands,' Soptic makes his most heated claim to date, suggesting a link between his wife’s death five years ago and the Bain takeover," the Washington Post reports. "'When Mitt Romney and Bain closed the plant, I lost my health care, and my family lost their health care,' Soptic says in the minute-long ad. 'And a short time after that my wife became ill . . . she passed away in 22 days.'"
But, after the ad has been roundly rebuked by folks on the left and right, Soptic appears to be backing down.
"[Soptic] declined to comment on whether he feels Romney is to blame for his first wife’s death, as the ad seems to suggest," the Washington Post reports. "Referring to his former employer, he said: 'They made certain promises and I feel like if they did fulfill those promises she would have had health insurance.'"