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CNN Debunks "Romney Killed My Wife" Ad; Regime Stands By It, Romney Camp Flubs It
The Rush Limbaugh Program ^ | 8 August 2012 | Rush Limbaugh

Posted on 08/08/2012 3:53:20 PM PDT by COBOL2Java

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RUSH: Here's the CNN sound bite. This is from the Situation Room, Wolf Blitzer. Brianna Keilar reported this about that ad that Romney killed the guy's wife.

KEILAR: In 1999, Mitt Romney leaves Bain for the Salt Lake Olympics, stopping day to day oversight of the company but remaining CEO. In 2001, Joe Soptic loses his job when Bain closes the plant. His wife still has insurance, though, from her employer, Saver's Thrift Store. A year later, Romney formally leaves Bain, and it's that year, 2002 or perhaps 2003, Soptic tells CNN, that his wife leaves her job because of an injury. That's when she became uninsured without fallback insurance from her husband. A few years later, in 2006, she goes to the hospital, is diagnosed with cancer, and dies just days later.

RUSH: Even this is a crock, though. He left Bain in 1999. She tries to leave the impression that Romney was at Bain through 2002, he was not. He left in 1999. The point is, Brianna Keilar found out this woman had health insurance. Remember my question yesterday. You remember it, Snerdley? Let's do the next sound bite, because it's still the same show. This is Obama press secretary Jennifer Psaki, and Wolf said, "You want to associate or disassociate yourself with this pro-Obama super PAC ad?"

PSAKI: Wolf, we have nothing to do with the ad. We're focused on our race. We're focused on going to Colorado tomorrow, and, uhh, that's where we're at from the campaign side. We can't speak to the super PAC ads. We don't have anything to do with them. Uh, so I don't have anything further on the super PAC ads.

WOLF: Because it is pretty -- pretty serious here when ... You're not doing it.

PSAKI: Right!

WOLF: But the super PAC, uh, is making this allegation that Mitt Romney was responsible for the death of this woman when that's simply not true.

PSAKI: Well, Wolf, I... You know, I didn't... I wasn't involved with making the ad.

RUSH: Right. I gotta run, take a break here. We'll be back, but you heard it. They won't distance themselves. We'll be right back.

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RUSH: So Wolf Blitzer says to Jennifer Psaki, "It's pretty serious what you're doing here. You're saying that Romney's responsible for the death of this woman. It's simply not true."

(imitating Psaki) "No, no, no, Wolf, I wasn't involved in making that ad. I don't know that that's a case. Besides, Wolf, where are you? We've moved on. Bain Capital founded with money from the death squads. Haven't you heard that, Wolf? We need to get you back on track."

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RUSH: CNN is running a fact check in a random act of journalism and telling everybody. Of course, it was on CNN; nobody heard it. They had another 20-year low in ratings in the month of July. It's already August. Larry King, God love him. When he hosted his show, before it faded away and he had to leave, at his peak, you could count on Larry King for 1.5 million viewers a night. And in the cable universe, that was enough. That was okay. This Piers Morgan guy in July drew around 300,000. The bottom is falling out. And that's where all of this fact-checking took place on Obama ad, where it was revealed to be an utter lie.

So we repeat it to bring it to a larger audience.

I'm gonna do it again.

This is Jennifer Psaki talking to Blitzer. Blitzer said, "Brianna Keilar," their reporter, "did a fact check of that ad, and it's full of falsehoods. Obviously, 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.' You want to say something like that?" He's talking to Jennifer Psaki, who's part of the Obama campaign. Why do you want to be any part of that ad? Don't you want to dissociate yourself from it?

(Wolf's beside himself.)

The ad's a lie! Our network found out there are a bunch of falsehoods in it. Why do you want to associate yourself with it?

PSAKI: Wolf, we have nothing to do with the ad. We're focused on our race. We're focused on going to Colorado tomorrow, and, uhh, that's where we're at from the campaign side. We can't speak to the super PAC ads. We don't have anything to do with them. Uh, so I don't have anything further on the super PAC ads.

WOLF: Because it is pretty -- pretty serious here when ... You're not doing it.

PSAKI: Right!

WOLF: But the super PAC, uh, is making this allegation that Mitt Romney was responsible for the death of this woman when that's simply not true.

PSAKI: Well, Wolf, I... You know, I didn't... I wasn't involved with making the ad.

RUSH: Yeah. "I wasn't involved..." (Besides all we're trying to do is distract people from Obama's horrible record on the economy and stuff.) So up next was Bay Buchanan. Wolf has to turn to Bay Buchanan and let her loose. He said, "There have been false Romney ads as well, taking words the president of the United States said totally out of context." That's Wolf having to be "fair," when Romney hasn't done anything of the sort. That's Wolf hearkening back to the Obama (impression), "You didn't build that! You didn't make that happen."

Anyway, here's what Bay Buchanan had to say...

BUCHANAN: This is typical. We have the most powerful man in the world, the president of the United States. He 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. He takes no responsibility for the pain and suffering this country is suffering. The people in this country are suffering with the high unemployment, the loss of homes, falling into poverty. The only thing he takes responsibility for is the businesses other people are building. This is a disgraceful, despicable, dishonest ad, and if the president of the United States --

BLITZER: You know that... You know they --

BUCHANAN: -- does not want shame on himself, he should reject it outright.

RUSH: What shame? He doesn't think there's any of shame in it! He thinks they're getting away with it. Obama thinks it's working! Stephanie Cutter. She's the one that came out and said that Romney's a felon. This morning on CNN, on the Starting Point, she was talking to the cohost Josh Berman."

There are plenty of questions about the timeline of this. This man obviously -- and we are sorry he lost his wife -- you know, is suggesting that she died because of action that Mitt Romney took. He, of course, had left Bain years before," and then this woman had her health insurance for two years while at this company. She had health insurance for two years. She was not left high and dry. What do you say to that, Stephanie Cutter?

CUTTER: Here's what I do know: That Mitt Romney personally handled the deal to take over GS Steel, and personally handled some of the decisions made to load that company up with debt so much that it went underwater. It went bankrupt. And you just said that he left the company before the deal was made. That's not true! Mitt Romney made that deal. He says that he left Bain Capital in 1999 to go run the Olympics, but if you remember, according to the SEC forms that he filed, he was still president and CEO of that firm. He was still taking a salary, and I'm... I guarantee you what -- that when GS Steel went bankrupt, that Mitt Romney personally walked away with a significant profit while Joe Soptic lost his job.

RUSH: Right, and his wife died.

So Stephanie Cutter says (summarized), "What do you mean back away from it? Romney did kill the guy's wife!" That's what she's saying. "What do you mean, step back from it? You people at CNN are nuts. Romney was there! He founded the company; he got rich. This guy lost his job, his wife died, and so Romney killed her. It's clear as a bell." That's what she is saying. So Berman said, "This woman died in 2006. This ad basically accuses Romney of killing her. Is that the kind of rhetoric you want to hear in a campaign like this, especially from the side of the president of the United States? Especially a president who ran four years ago on raising the notion of civility?"

CUTTER: I don't know the facts of when Joe Soptic's wife got sick or when she died. But as I said before, I do know the facts of what Mitt Romney did with GS Steel. I do know the facts of how Joe Soptic lost his job, lost his health care. The entire company went bankrupt. But Romney walked away with a pretty hefty profit. Those are the facts that matter. This private sector business experience that he's talking about was all about making profits for himself at any cost, at any consequence to anybody else.

RUSH: Yeah, and, by the way, he killed the guy's wife. Now, we're told that this is working. Now, you might be asking, since this all went down yesterday, what is the Romney campaign doing? Has the Romney campaign responded? Yes, they have. The Romney campaign responded this morning on Fox. Off the top of your head, what do you think the Romney campaign said about all this? Well, I'm gonna tell you. I have the story here from Mediaite. And the headline says it all. "Romney spokesperson: Steelworker’s Wife Would Have Had Health Care Under Romneycare." That's the reaction.

"Appearing on Fox News Channel with anchor Bill Hemmer, Mitt Romney campaign spokesperson Andrea Saul attacked a pro-Barack Obama PAC ad which links the GOP presidential candidate to the cancer-related death of a former steelworker’s wife. Saul veered off message, however, when she said that the fired steel worker would have had access to health care if he had lived in Massachusetts where, under Romney’s plan, health care coverage is extended to the uninsured."

So wait a minute, you're telling me that you get a campaign person on from the Romney campaign to respond to an allegation that your candidate is responsible for a woman's death, and your answer is, she woulda had health insurance if she'd lived in Massachusetts? What? I don't know the people at the Romney campaign, but I'm gonna tell you, your candidate is accused of killing a woman... this isn't about health insurance. They're out there saying that your guy killed this woman, and your answer is, "Well, she'd-a had health insurance if she lived in Massachusetts"?

From the sound of this, they don't know, at the Romney campaign, what the purpose of this ad was and how it took root. They apparently don't know that the Obama campaign ran an ad accusing Romney of murder, essentially. Stephanie Cutter is backing it up. The woman did die. Romney got rich. He closed the plant. Husband lost the job. Wife got sick and died. Romney made out like a bandit. Well, she'd-a had health insurance if she lived in Massachusetts. You couple that with there was a lack of understanding or desire to join the Chick-fil-A day? I mean, that's your base out there.

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RUSH: You know what's going on here, folks? We are in the middle of a political terrorism campaign. This is political terrorism, what's going on. Romney is a felon. Romney is a tax cheat. Romney kills women with cancer. Romney founded Bain Capital with money from right-wing death squads in El Salvador. Romney wants to rob from the middle class and give to the rich. Even though he's the father of five, Romney wants to starve children, he wants to foul the water, poison the air, and he's the head of the E. coli club.

So as always I checked the e-mail during the break. "What would you do?" Well, I certainly wouldn't go on TV after I had just been accused of committing murder and say, "Well, if she'd lived where I was governor, she'd-a had health insurance." Here's what I'd say if I'd gone on TV today, "That steel company asked Bain Capital in. That steel company was going under. They asked Bain Capital in. They were going bankrupt otherwise. Bain Capital gave Joe Soptic an additional two or three years of work with health insurance that he would not have had were it not for Bain Capital." Why can't they tell their own story? I know the story. Why can't they tell their story?

And then I'd come back: "You know, there are two million people who do not have jobs that did have jobs when Obama was inaugurated. Two million fewer jobs since Obama took office. How many of those people have died of cancer? You guys want to start talking about death squads? When are you gonna give the money from Planned Parenthood back? You want about death squads, how about NARAL, whatever that stands for, Abortion Rights Action League." I would throw it right back at 'em.

By the way, here's the bite, Andrea Saul, and, look, I don't know Andrea Saul, and I'm sure she's nice and I'm not trying to pick any kind of a fight here. I am just simply reacting to what I heard. I think there's a disconnect with this answer. Bill Hemmer had her on Fox this morning, says, "Is it true that this gentleman who lost his job, his wife died five years after that, 2006, are those the facts that you understand?"

SAUL: Obviously it's unfortunate when anyone loses their job. This particular case was a plant that was closed years after Governor Romney left the company, and, to that point, you know, if people had been in Massachusetts under Governor Romney's health care plan, they woulda had health care.

RUSH: That's a potential gold mine for the Obamaites, because they can say, "Well, yeah, and Romneycare's the foundation for our plan, Obamacare," which they are already out there saying.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 57states; agitprop; mediawingofthednc; mymuslimfaith; obamalies; partisanmediashills; rush; soptic

1 posted on 08/08/2012 3:53:24 PM PDT by COBOL2Java
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To: COBOL2Java

Romney is making it real hard for me to pull the lever for him.


2 posted on 08/08/2012 4:01:37 PM PDT by GoCards (I am a Hobbit)
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To: GoCards

Pretty clear he has surrounded himself with morons... birds of a feather so to speak


3 posted on 08/08/2012 4:20:02 PM PDT by Breto (The Establishment party is killing our country)
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To: GoCards

Don’t think of it as voting for Mittens; think of it as voting against the Marxist usurper.


4 posted on 08/08/2012 4:27:44 PM PDT by kevao
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To: COBOL2Java

“Political terrorism”

There’s a powerful phrase if I’ve ever heard one.


5 posted on 08/08/2012 4:30:00 PM PDT by MeganC (The Cinemark theatre in Aurora, CO is a 'Gun Free Zone'. Spread the word.)
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To: GoCards
Romney is making it real hard for me to pull the lever for him.

I know, but it's not like mitt said: "I like being able to give women cancer." Even mitt is almost not quite. as far as we know, that stupid.

6 posted on 08/08/2012 4:32:29 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (Goode over evil. Voting for mitt or obie is like throwing your country away.)
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To: COBOL2Java
The easy way to give Mittens “the attitude” necessary to deal with Obama: tell him Obama is a Conservative Republican in drag and Mittens will go for the jugular. There's nothing Mittens hates more than conservatives, so this is a no brainer.
7 posted on 08/08/2012 4:36:40 PM PDT by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: COBOL2Java

What Rush could have added to that story is that Bain Capital pumped $100 Million into that company. Some slash and burn act, eh? And that without the investment by Bain, Joe would have lost his job years before. And then there is the responsibility of Joe’s union for making GS so unprofitable that when the steel industry tanked, their company was the least profitable.


8 posted on 08/08/2012 4:39:03 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Steyn: "One can argue about whose fault it is, but not ... whose responsibility it is: it's his")
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To: GoCards
Joe Soptic probably poo-pooed his wife's complaints until just days before her death from cancer.

That phenomenon is not unknown ~ doesn't mean he killed her though, just that women must learn to be more assertive when it comes to going to the doctor about pains in the abdominal area (or, maybe HE KNEW, eh!).

Then, there's Rush Limbaugh who is still behind on the Mitt-news. Sure, Mitt officially left Bain at some point in time but between his temporary leave and his official leave there was a period where, in his words he retained "an ownership interests" and he "could have made decisions".

That's why the hapless FCC and the State Corporation Commission wanted his name on the annual filing as an OWNER BTW. Wasn't an accident, and yet it didn't mean a whole lot, and at the same time it still meant something.

Rush has been minimizing this for quite some time and now it's taken on the same sort of life Hannity has given to the claim that "47% pay no taxes at all" ~ which is just contrary to what we know about modern America. While somebody might miss a tax here or there, no one misses paying all his taxes.

Harry Reid has followed that up with a claim that Romney paid no taxes for 10 years ~ again, that's just impossible. Romney paid gasoline taxes if nothing else, and a lot of them ~ guy owns some cars eh!

Anytime someone says a guy with his name on the papers has nothing to do with a company, best to checkout why that name is on there ~ usually means he has something to do with the company. And when somebody says somebody never pays taxes, check that out too because you cannot escape taxes in America. Just doesn't happen.

My question here is why is Limbaugh making his falicious claims, and the same from Hannity. Are these guys dipping again, or what? Or, did they fire their fact checkers to improve profits ~ bad move when you're a top TALKER.

9 posted on 08/08/2012 4:59:18 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: COBOL2Java
Apparently, Romney is so liberal, CNN feels obliged to defend him.

Old reflexes die hard, I guess. ;-)

10 posted on 08/08/2012 5:03:48 PM PDT by Steel Wolf ("Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master." - Gaius Sallustius Crispus)
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To: COBOL2Java
Apparently, Romney is so liberal, CNN feels obliged to defend him.

Old reflexes die hard, I guess. ;-)

11 posted on 08/08/2012 5:04:11 PM PDT by Steel Wolf ("Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master." - Gaius Sallustius Crispus)
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To: NonValueAdded
The previous owners had dumped $400,000,000 into that steel company. Bain came along with some ideas ~ probably about what a bargain it was to buy at only $70,000,000.

They then took a bath and the company tanked anyway!

This had very little to do with the residual workforce ~ something less than 1000 workers ~ and they used to have over 10,000 I believe.

The world steel market was beating on America's doors selling cheaper steel and these companies were going under left and right ~ over 30 big ones in this period of time.

Two things about the deal ~ wouldn't have mattered if Bain had continued to pay for their former employee's medical insurance, Joe's wife was going to die because she simply didn't not call any doctor's attention to her problem in time.

Second, Bain made a mighty stupid management decision in acquiring this company. Although there are people who imagine Romney made $30,000,000 on the deal, I think he didn't make much at all ~ probably nothing. This company was to Bain what General Motors has been to the Obama Regime ~ A LOSER.

The lesson is that there are no easy profits in heavy manufacturing enterprises. People who tell you there are don't know what they're talking about.

12 posted on 08/08/2012 5:06:28 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Steel Wolf
CNN itself is undergoing a sort of "heat death of the universe" a bit early. They lost 80% of their audience. The peeps there are worried.

They need a Bain to fix their problem, so yeah, they are speaking up on behalf of Bain, and companies like Bain, and even their former executives like Romney.

I doubt it will CNN will survive domestically. Cable TV in the USA itself is having troubles ~ and is opening up to "Internet only" options! Just did that myself.

13 posted on 08/08/2012 5:10:03 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

Would be hilarious if Bain were to come in and take over CNN...


14 posted on 08/08/2012 5:20:48 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (FUMR)
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To: COBOL2Java

The republicans wanted obama to win in 2008. And they want him to win again in 2012. That’s the only answer. They can’t be THAT dumb.


15 posted on 08/08/2012 5:35:42 PM PDT by Terry Mross (To my kin & former friends: Don't contact me if you still love obama- We got nothing to talk about)
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To: Terry Mross
The republicans wanted obama to win in 2008. And they want him to win again in 2012. That’s the only answer. They can’t be THAT dumb.

Not dumb. They just want to be allowed access to the treasury.

16 posted on 08/08/2012 5:46:33 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (FUMR)
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To: COBOL2Java
Let's face it. ROMNEY is NOT Presidential material.

Of course, neither is Obama.

Mark Twain was RIGHT. "If voting made any difference they wouldn't let us do it"

17 posted on 08/08/2012 5:55:49 PM PDT by VideoDoctor
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To: COBOL2Java

Just when I had resigned myself to begrudgingly “trust” that Mittens would do what he said about repealing 0BowMaocare .. now I am even more unsure than I was 4 months ago. It’s real hard for a Conservative like me to “pull the lever” again for a RINO in the same mold as GHW Bush, Dole, GWB, and Juan McCain!

Keep it up, Mittens. I just might stay home on election day.


18 posted on 08/08/2012 8:43:14 PM PDT by RocketMan1 (For the first time in my adult life, I am ashamed of my Country!)
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To: Terry Mross

yes the Republicans ARE that dumb.

see my tag line?


19 posted on 08/08/2012 10:44:38 PM PDT by WaterWeWaitinFor (Can we still nominate someone else at the GOP convention? HHMM? Can we?)
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To: nutmeg

bookmark


20 posted on 08/09/2012 12:00:36 AM PDT by nutmeg (I'm with Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz: Anybody But Obama 2012)
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To: COBOL2Java

Tears are just streaming down my face and forming a small river at my feet.


21 posted on 08/09/2012 12:24:38 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Terry Mross
They can't be THAT dumb.

Could it be that Romney is on the Obama team?

22 posted on 08/09/2012 7:05:19 PM PDT by IIntense
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