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New video condemns sleazy “cancer” attack ad

Posted: August 10, 2012 at 12:30 pm   /   by

By now, you’ve almost surely heard of the ad put out by a pro Obama SuperPac basically accusing Mitt Romney of helping a woman to die of cancer. It’s so egregious that even pro-Obama media figures are denouncing it.

But it’s not just sleazy: It appears to have been done with at least some measure of coordination:


Release from American Crossroads:

Obama won’t denounce the ad – with campaign spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter even claiming “you know, we don’t have anything to do with Priorities USA.”

American Crossroads today released a new video, “Cancer” – detailing the Obama campaign’s lies, and refusal to denounce a widely criticized ad by Obama’s Super PAC Priorities USA, which blames Governor Romney for a woman’s death from cancer.

You can watch the new Crossroads video here:

In fact, the Obama campaign has much to do with Priorities USA. Obama campaign officials actually helped raise money for the ad they refuse to denounce:

  • White House senior advisor David Plouffe raised money for Priorities USA in March.
  • Obama campaign manager Jim Messina raised money for Priorities USA in February.
  • Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod raised money for Priorities USA in June.
  • Obama campaign staff may have attended other unreported fundraisers.

President Obama could easily call off the dogs, denounce the ad, and ask them to take it down.

Instead, the man who once self-righteously pined for “an end to the politics that would divide a nation just to win an election” is now content to have staff call Mitt Romney a criminal and is OK with blaming him for folks’ deaths.

No wonder voters who bought into hope and change in 2008 are leaving Mr. Obama in droves now.

It reminds us of something John Dean said almost forty years ago, featured at the end of the video: “We have a cancer within – close to the presidency. It’s growing. It’s growing daily.”

Christopher Cook

Christopher Cook

Managing Editor at Western Free Press
Christopher Cook is a writer, editor, and political commentator. He is the president of Castleraine, Inc., a consulting firm providing a diverse array of services to corporate, public policy, and not-for-profit clients.

Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including (now a part of Western Free Press) and He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to
Christopher Cook


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New video condemns sleazy "cancer" attack ad