Romney Ad Blames Obama For Killing Bill's Barbecue, But Locals Disagree

Rhoda Elliot of Romney ad about Bill's Barbecue
Rhoda Elliot of Romney ad about Bill's Barbecue



So far, one of the most controversial ads of the presidential campaign seemed to suggest that Mitt Romney was somehow to blame for a woman's cancer death. Now an ad from the Romney camp is being accused of mistakenly holding President Obama responsible for the death of a landmark barbecue joint in Richmond, Va.

The ad mingles sepia photos, sentimental music, old newspaper clippings and the tragic testimony of Rhoda Elliot, who currently runs the 82-year-old Bill's Barbecue, famous for its pies and limeade. "When President Obama took office there was a lot of hope that things were going to change," she explains. "Well he didn't change anything. There are more people on unemployment today and that's because the small businesses are failing. Because we can't make it."