Obama Camp Denies Knowledge of Cancer Tale it Told in May Oops? President Barack Obama's re-election campaign washed its hands Wednesday of an independent group's vicious (and misleading) ad effectively blaming Mitt Romney for the death of a laid-off steelworker's wife from cancer. Campaign officials flatly denied any knowledge of the facts in the casebut it turns out the widower told the same story on an Obama campaign conference call in mid-May. The ad features Joe Soptic, who lost his job and his health benefits after Romney's Bain Capital closed the GST Steel plant in Kansas City, Mo., in 2001. Soptic later told CNN that his wife had health insurance through her own employer from that point to 2002 or 2003, when she left that job because of an injurya detail that undermines the ad's heartbreaking narrative. "I don't know the facts about when Mr. Soptic's wife got sick, or the facts about his health insurance," deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter told CNN on Wednesday. Obama camp denies knowledge of cancer tale it told in May | The Ticket - Yahoo! News Uh HUH.