When Mitt Romney and Bain closed the plant, I lost my healthcare, and my family lost their healthcare. And a short time after that my wife became ill . . . and I took her up to the Jackson County Hospital and admitted her for pneumonia and that’s when they found the cancer and by then it was stage four/It was, there was nothing they could do for her. And she passed away in 22 days.
~ Joe Soptic, former employee of GST Steel, in an Obama ad discussing the lack of insurance that led to his wife's death from cancer when Bain Capital closed the mill
“To that point, if people had been in Massachusetts, under Governor Romney’s health care plan, they would have had health care."
Romney Press Secretary Andrea Saul on Fox News
What conservatives are doing re Andrea Saul's comment is the same as how you housebreak your dog. Romney needs to know not to go there.
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) August 8, 2012
This isn't about health care! They're out there saying that your guy killed this woman! And your answer is 'well, she'd a had healthcare if she lived in Massachusetts'?
. . . Andrea Saul’s appearance on Fox was a potential gold mine for Obama supporters. They can say, ‘Romneycare was the basis for our health care.'
~ Rush Limbaugh quoted by TPM
Spokeswoman Saul said these words that were followed by a thunderclap of hands smacking foreheads around the nation.
. . . Lord, lord, lord! The last thing conservatives want to talk about, even less than Romney's tax returns (because at least there, they have a common enemy in Sen. Harry Reid), is Romneycare's similarity to Obamacare. Saul's comment turns Romney into the conservative's worst nightmare! Their main complaint about Romney all the way back to the primary season was his implementation of Obamacare on a state level would make him an ineffective messenger on repealing the president's legislation.
~ Bill Schmalfeld on Digital.com
Okay, this is the worst day of Mitt's life.
~ eXtina on Daily Kos
Epic Fail; nay, epochal . . . This is the most tone-deaf campaign in history. No one is competent; no one stays on message; and the candidate has all the warmth and charm of a basilisk, minus that whole cool turn-people-to-stone thing.
~ comment by blue aardvark on Daily Kos
Today they endorsed in essence the central idea of the Affordable Care Act. They've done it because they're in a lot of trouble. . . . they've lost the Long Hot Summer, they've ended up in a situation where Romney's upside-down in his favorable/unfavorable. These Bain ads are really hurting him. And they come up with this answer.
It seemed opportunistic, but it was stupid.
. . . When you run as somebody you're not, it's hard to keep straight who you're supposed to be
~ Bob Shrum on Hardball
Romney's) stuck in a position where, because he didn't want to repudiate the plan, he now is in this middle ground where he says this thing that is kind of incoherent. "Well, I think my plan was great - it was great for Massachusetts. It wouldn't be great for the country, though." . . . Now he's in this ridiculous position saying what they actually believe. He's proud of the plan.
This is Andrea Saul committing the classic definition of a gaffe. . . . speaking for her boss perfectly. He believes in Massachusetts, in Romneycare. He thinks it's great. The problem for him is the contortions he's had to go through to get right with the Right, and . . . this thing is going to come back and kill him in the debates!
~ John Heilemann of New York Magazine on Hardball
Does Romneycare cover injuries inflicted by Andrea Saul? — TBogg (@tbogg) August 8, 2012
I hope Andrea Saul lives in Massachusetts, otherwise she may have some health insurance problems soon. — LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) August 8, 2012
According to the Romney campaign, "Mitt retroactively retired from the governorship in 2003, and therefore never created Romneycare." — Top Conservative Cat (@TeaPartyCat) August 8, 2012