"Morning Joe" Panel vs. Gibbs Fireworks: Super PAC Ad On Cancer
"Morning Joe" panelists Michael Steele, fmr. RNC chairman, Huffington Post's Sam Stein, and host Joe Scarborough take on Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs over a new ad by the Obama-backed Super PAC Priorities USA that implies Mitt Romney is responsible for the death of cancer-stricken woman because her husband lost health coverage after Bain took over the company and eventually laid him off.
MICHAEL STEELE: The difference between the Romney ad and the ad that we're talking about from the Obama-not-supported-directly PAC, or whatever, is this: It goes to a different level. It's a different kind of conversation when you're talking about...
ROBERT GIBBS: When you're talking about truth?
STEELE: No, no, no. This ad is not a question of truth. It's about whether or not you are saying here in the Obama ad is that Mitt Romney is responsible for the death of another human being as opposed to whether, in his ad, Obama's policy does what it says or doesn't. There's a difference between that. There's a difference when you're talking about truth in the context of "my killing your wife" or "my killing your policy."
JOE SCARBOROUGH: What rises up to erasing the work requirement?
GIBBS: What's that?
SCARBOROUGH: Seriously, I shouldn't have to explain this. Are you really making me explain the difference between a policy debate and a question that suggests that a candidate for President of the United States killed his wife? Are you serious?
GIBBS: This is an ad that's showing during the Olympics. Sam just said he can't actually find anyone who has bought the ad. It's not an Obama ad...
GIBBS: Hold on one second, are you perfectly fine with an ad that even Republican Governors said is untrue?
SCARBOROUGH: No, I'm not perfectly fine with it. I'm not defending an ad. You are. At least you're playing Pontius Pilate saying "my hands are clean. I have nothing to suggest that Mitt Romney killed my wife."