- Posted August 8, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Burton & Priorities USA Dead Wrong on Newest Ad
- hhanks, CNN iReport producer
Sitting here listening to Bill Burton, co-founder of Super PAC, Priorities USA, on the Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. The man is coming across very much like the assessments of Politifact.com and the Washington Post and CNN that the ad inaccurately gives the impression that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is indirectly responsible for the death of a woman from cancer.
Burton keeps saying that the ad does not say and is not meant to infer that Romney is in any way culpable for the woman's death. He seems to be incapable of seeing how the correlation is being made. He keeps saying that reasonable people will not draw that conclusion. I'm a reasonable person and that's my conclusion. Yet, the CNN reporters, including Wolf Blitzer, are standing firm and pressing the issue.
Yet the more he protests and the more he tries to explain it away, the worse it sounds. The ad has not run commercially, but is planned for a run in the battleground states.
Burton is unable to defend what the ad says, but says he stands by what is said in the ad. This is even more in-your-face than so many other lies and insinuations being put out by both sides of the political spectrum.
The American voters need to let Burton know, perhaps by using the contact form at Priorities USA, that we are not easily fooled and demand more than a very overtly placed inference.
Enough is enough.
From the Cornfield, Burton and company need to pack this ad in and put it back in the can. Politics are bad enough without such a vicious attack whether it is being made on President Barack Obama or Romney.
By the way, the Obama campaign and the White House are running away from the ad. Even though it has now come out that Team Obama does know about the story of the woman's death from a campaign conference call a few months ago.