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Obama Campaign Caught Lying About Soptic

From the Politico:

Team Obama denies knowing story of man in its TV ad, call

By REID J. EPSTEIN | Wednesday August 9, 2012

When President Obama’s aides said they weren’t familiar with former Missouri steelworker Joe Soptic’s life story, all they had to do was check their own campaign archives…

Asked about the Priorities spot on MSNBC Wednesday morning, Robert Gibbs said he doesn’t “know the specifics” while Stephanie Cutter said on CNN: “I don’t know the facts about when Mr. Soptic’s wife got sick or the facts about his health insurance.”

And Jen Psaki told reporters on Air Force One that “we don’t’ have any knowledge of the story of the family,” according to Yahoo! News.

But Cutter hosted an Obama campaign conference call in May in which Soptic told reporters the very story featured in the Priorities spot.

Both the campaign and the Priorities USA Action said there was no coordination about Soptic’s appearances. In the campaign’s ad, Soptic speaks only about the plant. In the Priorities spot, he tells the personal story he relayed during the Obama campaign conference call.

“We have no idea when Priorities shot their spot,” an Obama campaign official said. “We’re not allowed to coordinate with them – but we can tell you it wasn’t when we shot ours.” The aide didn’t answer questions about when the Obama campaign shot its Soptic footage or explain Cutter’s televised statement.

Priorities USA Action senior strategist Bill Burton said the super PAC found shot its Soptic footage at a union hall in early February. “We didn’t know that he was doing an [Obama campaign] ad,” Burton said.

This is a bit hard to believe, since it looks like Mr. Soptic is wearing the same shirt, his hair is the same length, and the same ‘hard hat’ is in each ad . (See photos above.) We strongly suspect that the Priorities footage came from the Obama campaign’s own footage.

Kenneth Gross, a former associate general counsel for the Federal Election Commission, said the separation between campaigns and officially unaffiliated super PACs is a “fuzzy line.”

“You don’t know where they got the footage from,” Gross said. “They could have gotten it from a common vendor or not a common vendor. It could have been obtained without coordination. I doubt it was a direct transfer from the campaign to the group, Priorities USA.”

Why? By the way, the separation in this case is especially fuzzy. Priorities was founded by two ex-White House staffers. Bill Burton, who was President Obama’s first deputy press secretary, and Sean Sweeney, who served as a senior adviser to Obama’s first chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel. Theodore Johnston, a lawyer who headed Obama’s Florida fundraising committee during the 2008 presidential campaign, is its executive director.

Moreover, Obama’s top campaign managers, David Plouffe, Jim Messina and David Axelrod have all hosted fundraisers for the Priorities USA Super Pac. Which is probably illegal in itself.

On the May 14 Obama campaign call, Soptic detailed his wife’s illness and death.

“After we lost our jobs we found out that we were going to lose our health insurance and that our pensions hadn’t been funded like Bain promised they would be,” Soptic said then. “I was lucky enough to find another job as a custodian in a local school district. That gave me some health insurance but I couldn’t afford to buy it for my wife. A little while later she was diagnosed with lung cancer. I had to put her in a county hospital because she didn’t have health care. And when the cancer took her away, all I got was an enormous bill. That put a lot of stress on me. I thought I would be paying it off until I died myself.”

So Mr. Soptic could have gotten his wife insured. But it wasn’t worth it to him. Even though he says he knew she was losing weight and was sick. And, of course, we now know that she had her own insurance through her own job, anyway.

But the Obama campaign doesn’t care about such details. They don’t care. They know that most people are too busy with their everyday lives to delve into the details.

For them it has never been about the truth, but only the ‘optics.’ Or in this case, the Soptics.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, August 9th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Obama Campaign Caught Lying About Soptic”

  1. Petronius says:

    Joe Soptic. Shameless. More hoax and chains. Democrats exploiting the dead wife. Slumming for the low-IQ vote. They really are despicable.

    But shouldn’t the American idiocracy have learned by now? Or have they lost all sense of smell?

    Have we forgotten LBJ’s little ice cream girl (1964)? And the little daisy girl? If memory serves, they first aired the daisy girl ad during a Saturday night showing of “The Diary of Anne Frank.”


    Everyone knows that little girls like ice cream. Little girls don’t like strontium-90. And Mitt Romney causes lung cancer.

    blame, blame, blame. yadda, yadda, yadda. elect, elect, elect. tax, tax, tax. spend, spend, spend. enslave, enslave, enslave.

    Yes, they told me if I voted for Goldwater there’d be war in Vietnam and riots in the streets. They were right.

    And much worse besides.

    George Romney shoved the knife in, too, if memory serves, back in 1964. What goes around comes around.

  2. JohnMG says:

    …..“Obama Campaign Caught Lying About Soptic”…….

    This is a run-on sentence. It should read; “Obama Campaign Caught Lying”.

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