The video makes several false claims, as highlighted in the New York Post:
- Romney left Bain to run the Olympics two years before the plant closed.
- After the plant closed, Soptic's wife maintained health insurance from her own employer until she lost her job the following year.
- The plant closed five years before Renae Soptic's cancer diagnosis.
However, even if the video's portrayal of the facts was completely accurate, Mitt Romney is not the villain of the story. The true villain would be another well-known political figure: Bill Clinton.
President Obama has already absolved Romney of his responsibility for the closure of the GST Steel plant through his infamous "You didn't build that" line.
Obama's words echoed those of Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, who provides some further explanation of how the government builds your business for you:
The facts pointing to Clinton's responsibility for the GST Steel plant are crystal clear. Since it was government, not Romney, that built Bain Capital, then government must also be responsible for its failures. Bain purchased the GST Steel plant in 1993, the first year of the Clinton presidency. It was then closed in February 2001, only one month after the inauguration of George W. Bush. It may have been closed under Bush's watch, but if Obama believes that he should not be blamed for the poor economy three years into his presidency, then he would also have to concur that Bush could not possibly be blamed for an event that occurred only one month into the Bush presidency.
That leads us to the important question: what did Bill Clinton do to kill Renae Soptic? The facts here are not clear, but the speeches of Obama and Warren give us some room to speculate. Perhaps Clinton failed to spend enough money on transportation in the Kansas City region, keeping GST Steel from transporting its products in a timely fashion. Perhaps Clinton failed to adequately fund the Department of Education, preventing a local school district from hiring the teacher that could have trained someone to make the plant's operations profitable. Perhaps Clinton reduced funding to local police departments, and the "marauder bands" came and pillaged the company to its demise.
As Obama stated, the failure of Bain Capital's investment in the GST Steel plant was not because Romney was dumb or incompetent, and it was not because Romney failed to work hard. It must have been the failure of the US government to provide everything the plant needed for success. While the exact facts showing where the government failed may not currently be available, it is crystal clear that it was Bill Clinton's government, not Mitt Romney's business, responsible for the closure of the GST Steel plant, and according to the argument of Priorities USA, the death of Renae Soptic.