Red State founder Erick Ercikson tweets: "OMG. This might just be the moment Mitt Romney lost the election."
Others are saying this is Romney's "Read my lips" moment.
So what happened?
"To that point, if people had been in Massachusetts, under Governor Romney's health care plan, they would have had health
-- Andrea Saul, Romney campaign spokesperson
Romney spokesperson cites Massachusetts health law
A Mitt Romney spokesperson offered an unusual counterattack Wednesday to an ad in which a laid-off steelworker blames the presumptive GOP nominee
for his family losing health care: If that family had lived in Massachusetts, it would have been covered by the former governor’s universal health
“To that point, if people had been in Massachusetts, under Governor Romney’s health care plan, they would have had health care,” Andrea Saul,
Romney’s campaign press secretary, said during an appearance on Fox News
Erick Ericson, founder of the conservative blog Red State, tweeted
Red State tears into Mitt Romney further:
Housebreaking Romney: The Importance of Being
They can whine all they like, but Romney's spokesperson let the genie out of the bottle, she went where the Romney campaign was never supposed to go -
Mitt's one real accomplishment, the Massachusetts universal health care act. Saul said what every conservative thinks, but none ever dare speak aloud,
that had this woman been covered by MA's health care law, she would not have died from lack of health care*
. (* see my note at the bottom of
Another source for the blunder:
Andrea Saul, Romney Spox, Gets
Pilloried For Mentioning Candidate's Most Important Achievement
So, it's come to this. Today, a spokeswoman for Mitt Romney responded to an attack ad disseminated by a super PAC supporting President Barack
Obama. The ad was a controversial broadside, worthy of a response. The spokeswoman spoke against the ad with conviction. She offered a counter
argument that was precise and logical and fair. The spokeswoman cleanly invoked her candidate's greatest legislative achievement, in an eminently
reasonable way, in her candidate's defense.
And that spokeswoman's response is being hailed as one of the 2012 campaign season's most colossal cock-ups.
But on Fox News this morning, Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul went "off-script," and amid a larger declaration about the ad being despicable and
some pushback on the facts of the ad, she offered this statement in Romney's defense: "To that point, if people had been in Massachusetts, under
Governor Romney's health care plan, they would have had health care."
Responding to a Super PAC attack ad, Romney's campaign spokesperson Andrea Saul came right out and admitted "To that point, if people
had been in Massachusetts, under Governor Romney's health care plan, they would have had health care."
Well, that's good, right? The whole point of universal health care was to prevent people from dying from a lack of health care!
Thank you, Andrea Saul, for making the point Obama has been making - people need health care. Now please explain why Mitt Romney wants to
universal health care if elected, as you so aptly illustrated, if a similar act works and saves lives in Massachusetts - an act he
Romney's greatest achievement - the Massachusetts universal health care act - and he can never mention it or bring it up, even in passing, because it
only serves to remind conservatives how hypocritical their position is on the topic.
* note: The attack ad that elicited the response from Saul was incorrect in claiming the wife of the laid-off steel worker died directly from her
husbands job loss at GST Steel. She had died several years later, and had private insurance for part of that time. At the time Saul made her Fox
appearance, however, she only knew what was presented in the ad and made a response to that.
edit on 9-8-2012 by Blackmarketeer because: (no