The Romney campaign's response was...classic.
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 care law.
“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. “There are a lot of people losing their jobs and losing their health care in President [Barack] Obama’s economy.”
Conservatives quickly dubbed Saul’s rebuttal a serious misstep by the campaign.
RedState’s Erick Erickson tweeted it could cost Romney the election:
Conservative blogger Phil Klein, who’s been critical of Romney’s health care law, also thinks the comments were a grave mistake.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.
Ooops. Oh, the Dems are quite aware, Phil. Sit back and enjoy the show.
President Barack Obama told a cheering crowd of thousands Wednesday morning that opponent Mitt Romney would return the country's economy to the failed policies of a decade ago and women's health care coverage to the 1950s, adding: "Colorado, you've got to make sure that does not happen."
"The choice between going backward and moving forward has never been so clear," Obama told the audience gathered inside the Auraria Events Center on the Auraria campus downtown Denver.
It's on now, Mitt. You just blew it, huge.