Barack Obama's re-election campaign washed its hands Wednesday of an independent group's vicious (and misleading) ad effectively blaming Mitt Romney for the death of a laid-off steelworker's wife from cancer. Campaign officials flatly denied any knowledge of the facts in the case—but it turns out a widower told the same story on an Obama campaign conference call in mid-May.
The background is that this supposedly happened while Romney was at the investment firm Bain Capital
"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. I was lucky to find another job as a custodian
in a local school district. They 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'd be paying it off until I died myself. That probably wouldn't
have happened if Bain kept its promise and I was allowed to keep our
health insurance." - Joe Soptic, May 14, 2012, in an Obama campaign conference call.
The Obama campaign profited when underlings told this lie. Now Obama pretends he has never heard it before. Obama can't even lie well. His incompetence is showing.