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Okay, But What Would Romney Actually Say To Guy Whose Wife Died Of Cancer After He Got Canned? [View all]



The Most Vicious Ad Of The 2012 Campaign Blames Mitt Romney For The Death Of A Steel Worker's Wife

Brett LoGiurato | Aug. 7, 2012, 9:09 AM | 9,646 | 104

The pro-Barack Obama super PAC Priorities USA unleashed what might be the most vicious ad of the 2012 campaign cycle this morning, an ad that personally points some blame toward presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney for the death of a steel worker's wife.

The ad, titled "Understands," is a much more pronounced and heavy attack than some of the others that the Obama campaign and Priorities USA have released targeting Bain Capital's closure of a GST Steel plant in Kansas City.

“Understands” features Joe Soptic, who was laid off from the plant and lost health benefits. The ad says that he later found part-time work, but his wife developed a stage-four cancer (not specified further) and "there was nothing they could do."

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/priorities-usa-romney-ad-cancer-death-gst-steel-bain-capital-2012-8#ixzz22tjqHt00

Okay, But What Would Mitt Romney Actually Say To The Guy Whose Wife Died Of Cancer After He Got Canned?

Henry Blodget | Aug. 7, 2012, 10:48 AM | 8,483 | 169

An Obama support group has unleashed a brutal attack ad that effectively blames Mitt Romney and Bain Capital for the death of the wife of a steel-worker.

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The Romney campaign immediately blasted the ad, calling it "dishonest" and tried to change the subject back to Romney's talking points, which are that the U.S. economy is still weak.

And that's an understandable response. (What else can they say?)

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So, what is Mitt Romney's attitude toward that? What does he think this particular man (and others like him) should do?

Work harder to get a better job that comes with health insurance?
Be richer?

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And beyond healthcare and health insurance, what does Mitt Romney think the country's approach to all "downsized" workers should be? Should the government help them at all? Or should we just be the country of "rugged individualists" that we all want to imagine that we are and just say, effectively, "tough luck, buddy," to everyone in similar circumstances?

To be clear: Companies have to downsize sometimes. And employment should never be guaranteed.

But this seems like a case in which the government might be in a position to help some Americans--in a way in which, as a civilized society, we might want the government to help.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/mitt-romney-healh-insurance-bain-2012-8#ixzz22tlNhP3J

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