Appearing on Fox News, Mitt Romney campaign spokesperson Andrea Saul pushed back against a Priorities USA ad that linked Bain Capital to the cancer death of a laid-off steelworker's wife (this is where we are in the campaign cycle, guys), which is a bit scurrilous, as there's no evidence to suggest that Romney has literally murdered anyone.
Did Saul counterattack by pointing out the advertisement's discredited timeline? Or shift attention to the 42 straight months of unemployment above 8 percent that is Barack Obama's greatest electoral weakness? No! Saul pointed out that if the family featured in the Super PAC ad had lived in Massachusetts, it would have been covered by Romneycare.
"To that point, if people had been in Massachusetts, under Governor Romney's health care plan, they would have had health care," said Saul.
Obviously, this whole "highlight Romney's most important policy achievement, which helped working families purchase health insurance" is very dangerous, according to conservatives. Red State's Erick Erikson tweeted, "OMG. This might just be the moment Mitt Romney lost the election. Wow," a sentiment shared by the Washington Examiner's Philip Klein. That's a little much. Very few votes will be affected by this. Mitt Romney has murdered more people than the number of conservatives who will vote for Obama because they hate Romneycare.
But it does highlight a problem with the Romney campaign: "Vote for me because of the life-saving program which I implemented in Massachusetts and will swiftly repeal everywhere else in the country when I'm elected," is hard to fit on a bumper sticker.
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