Buzzfeed reported last night that the controversial Priorities USA Action ad, which accuses Mitt Romney of contributing to the death of former steelworker Joe Soptic’s wife, aired on a Cleveland television station Tuesday morning.
The ad, which also includes false claims about Romney’s role in the closing of the GST steel mill and has been denounced by many liberals including former Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana, had only been available on the Internet and in various news reports until now.
According to ABC News’ Devin Dwyer, Priorities USA senior strategist and co-founder Bill Burton said that the airing of the ad was a “station error.”
Burton has defended the accuracy of the ad and challenged critics to prove him wrong, even in the face of overwhelming evidence that the ad played fast and loose with the facts.
The Obama campaign has thus far refused to disavow the ad. Instead, they have claimed to be independent from the Super PAC even after an audio recording surfaced last week showing that deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter did have knowledge of Soptic’s story despite her claims to the contrary.
This is a sign that despite all the criticism of the ad and all the inaccuracies it contains, Priorities USA is planning to roll it out as part of an all-out smear campaign to try and help the President win re-election.