McCain’s Opposition Research

Via or from BuzzFeed comes a voluminous ‘opposition research file compiled by the McCain campaign in 2008.  The document is 194 pages long. This post begins on pp 62 and ends on pp 65.  This helps explain why Romney never ran for a second term.  He would have been soundly trounced.

This is boring, dry stuff that I have had to edit to make it readable.  The original has had the space-bar missed too many times.




Massachusetts Was Only State With Three Straight Years Of Shrinking Labor Force From 2003-05 Massachusetts Labor Force Contracted By 1.7%   Between 2003 And 2005 – Only State In Nation With Three Straight Years of Decline – While National Labor Force Expanded By 3.1%.   “In the most recent three years (2003-2005), the Massachusetts labor force contracted by 1.7%, and it was the only state in the nation to decline each year during this time period. The nation’s labor force expanded by 3.1%.”
(MassINC and Center For Labor Market Studies Report, “Mass Economy: The Labor Supply And Our Economic Future,” 12/06)

From 2000-05, Massachusetts Labor Force “Did Not Grow At All.”  “From 2000 to 2005, the Massachusetts resident labor force did not grow at all, while the national labor force grew by nearly 5%. On this measure, Massachusetts ranked 48th lowest among the 50 states.”
(MassINC and Center For Labor Market Studies Report, “Mass Economy: The Labor Supply And Our Economic Future,” 12/06)

State On Track For Fourth Consecutive Year Of Shrinking Labor Force, “Unprecedented For Massachusetts In The Post-World War II Era.”
“The most recent data suggest that the state might be heading for its fourth consecutive year of a shrinking labor force, which would be unprecedented for Massachusetts in the post-World War II era.”
(MassINC and Center For Labor Market Studies Report, “Mass Economy: The Labor Supply And Our Economic Future,” 12/06)

Massachusetts Is Only State In New England With No Labor Force Growth Since 2000.
“Since 2000, the labor force experiences of Massachusetts have contrasted sharply with the rest of New England. The Massachusetts labor force was the only one not to grow, while the labor forces in all the other New England states grew between 4.6% (CT) and 6.0% (VT).”
(MassINC and Center For Labor Market Studies Report, “Mass Economy: The Labor Supply And Our Economic Future,” 12/06)

Massachusetts Was Only State To Lose Population Two Years In A Row In Early Part Of  Decade2003-05: Massachusetts Lost 120,000 Workers And 233,000 Residents.  “Between 2003 and 2005,Massachusetts exported 120,000 workers to other states. … From 2000 to 2005, the state lost, on net, 233,000residents to other states. In relative terms, the state lost 3.6% of its 2000 population. Relative to our state’spopulation, this level of outmigration was the 2nd highest in the nation, trailing only New York.”
(MassINC and CenterFor Labor Market Studies Report, “Mass Economy: The Labor Supply And Our Economic Future,” 12/06)

“According To US Census Bureau Estimates, Massachusetts Is The Only State In The Nation To LosePopulation For Two Years In A Row.”

(CommonWealth Magazine Website, “CommonWealth Agenda 2006: DemographicChange,”, Accessed 2/4/06)

Massachusetts’ Leadership Of Modern Innovation Economy ThreatenedDecember 2006 Report Found That Massachusetts “Continues To Lose Its Grip As One Of The Nation’sLeaders” In Innovation Economy.
“Despite some promising signals of improvement, the Bay State innovationeconomy continues to lose its grip as one of the nation’s leaders, beset by competition from other states andoutpourings of key workforce demographics, a new report finds. The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative’sinnovation economy index says flattening federal assistance for research and development combined with theventure capital industry veering away from risky start-ups have reduced cash flow into the state’s economy, at the same time that other states work harder to compete for the same fund.”
(Jim O’Sullivan, “Study: Workforce Needs Still AChallenge For Innovation Sectors,” State House News Service, 12/18/06)

High-Tech Sector Lagging Behind:
“[T]he new report warns that Massachusetts lags in restoring high-wage jobs lost in the technology bust early this decade in key industry sectors. It also suggests that migration out ofthe state is undermining the size and quality of the high-technology workforce – leaving Massachusetts poorlyequipped to capitalize on new technologies.”
(Robert Weisman, “Report Calls Mass. A New-Jobs Laggard,”  The Boston Globe, 12/18/06)

Massachusetts’ Job Growth In Technology “Is Alarmingly Slow.”
“[E]ven though there are recent signs of amodest jobs recovery in some key clusters, the growth in employment in the majority of these clusters isalarmingly slow when compared to the other [leading technology states].”
(Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, “IndexOf The Massachusetts Innovation Economy,”, 12/06)
Massachusetts Innovation Economy “Is Burdened By Stagnant Employment Growth In Key Industry Clusters, Persistent Emigration, And A Progressively Limited Workforce.”
“The Massachusetts Innovation Economy is burdened by stagnant employment growth in key industry clusters, persistent emigration, and a progressively limited workforce. Massachusetts has rebounded more slowly than competing [leading technology states] in the aftermath of the 2001 economic downturn. The after effects of the post dot-com downturn have finally fully cleared and there is some promising evidence of an ongoing recovery. Yet this progress may prove to be fleeting unless the Commonwealth can respond to the challenge by maintaining adequate human resources with the skills to sustain and augment this growth.”
(Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, “Index Of The Massachusetts Innovation Economy,”, 12/06)

Massachusetts Innovation Economy “Is Jeopardized By Pervasive Population Loss And A Genuine Concern About The Loss Of Key Skill Levels As Critically Important Demographic Groups Continue To Migrate Out-Of State.”
“The Massachusetts research and innovation infrastructure of world-class institutions and universities is steadfast, the venture capital community thrives, and emerging global markets hold great promise.But the fundamental element that has traditionally sustained the Massachusetts economy in times of uncertainty –a highly capable and available workforce – is jeopardized by pervasive population loss and a genuine concern about the loss of key skill levels as critically important demographic groups continue to migrate out-of state. As a result of this thinning workforce, Massachusetts may find itself sub-optimally equipped to capitalize on the next economic wave, whether fueled by advances in nanotechnology, the life sciences, the Web 2.0 and e-commerce,renewable energy, or other emerging industries or clusters.”
(Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, “Index Of The Massachusetts Innovation Economy,”, 12/06)

Romney “Has Fallen Short” On Issues Of Economic Development And Job Creation“Paul Harrington, An Economist At The Center For Labor Market Studies At Northeastern University,Agreed That Romney, With A Strong Business Background, Has Fallen Short On The Issue Of Economic Development.”

(Brian C. Mooney, “Criticizing Romney On Jobs, Patrick Often Stretches The Truth,” The Boston Globe, 10/25/06)

“We elected a business guy, but he did not undertake the economic business of the state…”
(Brian C. Mooney, “Criticizing Romney On Jobs, Patrick Often Stretches The Truth,”  The Boston Globe, 10/25/06)

“I think you’ve got to just say that on the development side, we didn’t get the job done in the state.”
(Stephanie Ebbert, “Bay State Exodus Second Only To New York,”  The Boston Globe, 4/20/06)

“We’re among the poorest performing states in the country in terms of our ability to recover[economically]. The state of Rhode Island did pretty well over this period of time. They had a governor down there that worked hard at the business of job creation …”
(Stephanie Ebbert, “Bay State Exodus Second Only To New York,”  The Boston Globe, 4/20/06)

Daily News Tribune
: “For All Mitt Romney’s Capitalist Credentials, His Administration Didn’t Bring Home Many Jobs.”

(Editorial, “Patrick Tabs A Permitting ‘Ombudsman,’” The [Waltham] Daily News Tribune, 1/25/07)

Nation Has Added Jobs At Four Times Rate Of Massachusetts Since Third Quarter Of 2003.
“Since the third quarter of 2003, the nation has added jobs at four times the rate Massachusetts did, said [Northeastern University economist Paul] Harrington.”
(Stephanie Ebbert, “Bay State Exodus Second Only To New York,”  The Boston Globe, 4/20/06)

Massachusetts Has “Become An Under performer In Job Creation.”
“Massachusetts remains a magnet for research funds and venture capital, but it’s become an under performer in job creation. And while the state continues to lead in many categories of research and development, other technology-oriented states are closing the gap. Those were some of the conclusions from the 10th annual Index of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy, set to be released today by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative’s John Adams Innovation Institute, a state-chartered group focused on the knowledge economy.”
(Robert Weisman, “Report Calls Mass. A New-Jobs Laggard,”  The Boston Globe, 12/18/06)

Under Romney, Massachusetts Lost Major Employers Like Gillette And Fleet While Others Cut Jobs Romney Blasted For Not Living Up To Campaign Promises As Major Employers Left State.
“[Romney]bragged as CEO he’d bring corporations and jobs to Massachusetts and belittled Shannon O’Brien for notknowing what he knew. While Mr. CEO was governor, major employers such as Gillette, Hancock, Fleet, Reebok were bought by out-of-town goliaths.”
(Dan Payne, Op-Ed, “Memo To Candidates For Governor, Re: Debate,”  The Boston Globe ,5/18/06)

During 2002 Campaign, Romney Said “I Speak The Language Of Business,” Pledged To Meet With CEOs And “Fight For Every Job.”
“‘I speak the language of business,’ Mitt Romney assured voters on his campaign stops. This candidate said he would hit the road, reaching out to his fellow titans of commerce. He would meet with CEOs. He would sell the Massachusetts business climate. He would ‘fight for every job.’”
(Adrian Walker, Op-Ed, “Jobs Pledge Looks Broken,”  The Boston Globe , 3/22/04)

Romney In 2002: “I’m Looking Forward To Being The State’s Most Active Salesman.”
“My back ground in business means that most of my career I’ve been out asking companies for money – buy my product, buy my service, be my sponsor at the Olympics … I’m looking forward to being the state’s most active salesman,out there banging on doors, come to Massachusetts, look what we have for you, come use our convention center, come locate your factory here, here’s how we’ll get you in here.”
(Tom Benner, “Campaign 2002,”  The Patriot Ledger , 5/29/02)

Boston Herald
“No Longer Can Boston Be Called A True Corporate-Headquarters Town. … The Reason:There Are Simply Too Few Of Those Jobs Around. And Too Few Large Companies.”
“That’s it. Yesterday’s announcement that Adidas is buying Reebok – after a slew of other takeovers of major Hub-area public corporations – marks a ‘paradigm shift’ in Boston’s historic economic profile and the very nature of its work force,economists and business leaders agree. No longer can Boston be called a true corporate-headquarters town. No longer is it as attractive a place for many university graduates to stay if they aspire to middle-management and top-echelon executive jobs – from human resources to accounting positions – within major public corporations.The reason: There are simply too few of those jobs around. And too few large companies.”
(Jay Fitzgerald, “Paradigm Shift For Boston’s Economy,”  Boston Herald , 8/4/05)

In 2006, Boston-Based Fidelity Investments Announced It Would Move 1,500 Jobs Out Of Massachusetts.
“Fidelity Investments said yesterday it plans to move up to 1,500 jobs out of Massachusetts by 2008, a step likely to reignite a regional development rivalry among New England states. Fidelity spokeswoman Anne Crowley said the mutual-fund giant told roughly 800 employees of its personal investments group that their jobs will move to locations in Rhode Island in stages by 2008.”
(Ross Kerber, “Fidelity To Shift Jobs From State,” The Boston Globe, 1/6/06)

In 2005, Cincinnati-Based Procter & Gamble Bought Gillette, 6,000 MA Job Cuts Expected.
“Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble’s $57 billion deal to buy Gillette, a century-old corporate mainstay in Boston, has brought together such brands as P&G’s Tide detergent, Crest toothpaste and Pampers diapers with Gillette’s razors and Duracell batteries. The deal, which closed Oct. 1, is expected to lead to 6,000 job cuts across the combined company’s work force of 140,000, with some of the reductions likely to come at Gillette’s Boston headquarters.”
(Mark Jewell, “Deal making Continued To Dominate State’s Business News In 2005,” The Associated Press , 12/26/05)

Romney Reacts: “That’s Very Unfortunate.”
“I understand that there are going to be a lot of job losses.That’s very unfortunate … I wish I had the power to prevent this acquisition from occurring. I don’t.”
(Ann E. Donlan, “Biz-Savvy Gov: Merger Is ‘Real Shame’ For Workers,” Boston Herald, 2/29/05)

In 2003, Charlotte-Based Bank Of America Bought Fleet Boston.
“Boston will lose its last major home town bank once a $47 billion deal made public yesterday closes and Bank of America walks off with Fleet Boston Financial Corp. That rattled political leaders from City Hall to the State House yesterday, while rumors of major job cuts quickly began circulating inside Fleet. Bank of America, of Charlotte, N.C., said it had agreed to buy Boston-based Fleet, New England’s largest bank, for $45 a share, a nearly 42 percent premium over Fleet’s closing price of $31.80 Friday.”
(Jon Chesto, “Fleet Sale Surprises Hub,” Boston Herald , 10/28/03)

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One Comment on “McCain’s Opposition Research”

  1. Chris Says:

    Yup, that does cover it pretty well, now doesn’t it?

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