BACKPEDALING: Democrats Back Off Claim that Romney Causes Cancer. “Almost lost in the excitement over Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate is the Democratic Party’s discomfiture over the Priorities USA ad that accused Mitt Romney of causing a woman’s death from cancer. The ad was so over the top that it led us to ask, Has the Obama campaign finally gone too far? Apparently so, as the ad was greeted with universal condemnation. So now the Democrats are trying to distance themselves from it.”