Romney Campaign Says Team Obama Has ‘Hit A New Low’

146344791 Romney Campaign Says Team Obama Has Hit A New Low

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According to Mitt Romney’s campaign manager, Matt Rhoades, “this week, the Obama campaign hit a new low.” In an email to supporters, Mr. Rhoades said the Obama campaign hit bottom with an ad run by the pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action that featured Joe Soptic, a steelworker whose wife died without health insurance after he was laid off from a company owned by Bain Capital. Multiple members of President Barack Obama’s campaign staff subsequently claimed not to have any knowledge of Mr. Soptic’s story in spite of the fact he previously was featured in a campaign commercial and conference call.

“This week, the Obama campaign hit a new low. Obama allies released a desperate and dishonest ad that tried to falsely link Mitt to a family tragedy. As if the disgusting and disgraceful ad wasn’t enough, President Obama’s top campaign advisers repeatedly lied, claiming they had no knowledge about the content of the ad,” Mr. Rhoades wrote.

Mr. Rhoades went on to describe the ad as an attempt to distract voters from the president’s “failed economic record.”

“We’re not going to whine about this ad, because politics is a rough sport. But I wanted you to know about this discredited, dishonest, despicable attack by President Obama’s allies designed to divert attention from his failed economic record,” he wrote. “What happened to the campaign of hope and change? After months of lies, distortions, and distractions, the Obama and liberal reelection machine needs to be held accountable for their words and actions.”

Of course, no campaign email would be complete without a request for cash. Mr. Rhoades finished up his message by asking for donations to “help ensure Barack Obama, his liberal allies, and their reelection machine are defeated.”

The Obama campaign admitted they were aware of Mr. Soptic’s situation yesterday, though campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki stressed they had “nothing to do with the ad.”

Read Mr. Rhoades’ full email below:

“This week, the Obama campaign hit a new low. Obama allies released a desperate and dishonest ad that tried to falsely link Mitt to a family tragedy.

As if the disgusting and disgraceful ad wasn’t enough, President Obama’s top campaign advisers repeatedly lied, claiming they had no knowledge about the content of the ad.

But in May, President Obama’s Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter hosted a conference call that featured the same person and distortions from the disgraceful ad. The Obama campaign also featured the same person and similar stories in one of their own discredited campaign ads back in May.

As Reid J. Epstein of Politico wrote, “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.”

We’re not going to whine about this ad, because politics is a rough sport. But I wanted you to know about this discredited, dishonest, despicable attack by President Obama’s allies designed to divert attention from his failed economic record.

What happened to the campaign of hope and change? After months of lies, distortions, and distractions, the Obama and liberal reelection machine needs to be held accountable for their words and actions.

Donate $5 or more today and help ensure Barack Obama, his liberal allies, and their reelection machine are defeated.

Thanks.

Matt Rhoades
Campaign Manager”