McCain’s Opposition Research – Part 3
Via or from BuzzFeed comes an opposition research file compiled by the McCain campaign in 2008. The document is 194 pages long. This is page 8 of the document, still part of the Executive Summary.
- In 1994 Senate race, Romney backed Brady bill and assault weapons ban, saying “I don’t line up with the NRA” and “that’s not going to make me the hero of the NRA.”
- Romney called Clinton crime bill “a big step forward.”
- As governor, Romney quadrupled gun licensing fees and vowed not to “chip away” at tough gun laws
- In 2004, Romney signed permanent state-level ban on assault weapons that was mirrored after federal assault weapons ban.
- In January 2006, Romney said he owned a gun – then two days later admitted he did not and the gun belonged to his son.
- Romney bragged about being member of the NRA but later revealed he didn’t join until August 2006, just before launching his presidential campaign.
- Romney recently said he’s “been a hunter pretty much all my life” but later admitted he hunted only twice in his life, later clarifying remarks by claiming he has hunted “small varmints … more than two times.”
- In 2006 press conference, Romney claimed he had been hunting “many times” after returning from quail hunting Georgia.
- State spending increased at well over rate of inflation under Romney’s watch, estimated at 24% – more than$5 billion – over Romney’s final three years.
- Under Romney, Massachusetts dramatically underperformed the rest of the nation in terms of job growth.
- Romney has been criticized by experts for failing to deliver on issues of business development and economic growth after selling himself as the “CEO governor.”
- 2006 report issued by quasi-public Massachusetts Technology Collaborative warned the state was losing its grip as leader in “innovation economy” and that tech job was alarmingly slow.
- Romney left his successor to fill a budget deficit exceeding $1 billion.
- Romney raised state fees and taxes more than $700 million per year, according to independent experts.
- Romney raised fees by roughly $500 million in his first year alone, a figure that was highest in the nation.
- Romney quadrupled gun licensing fees and raised fees on first responders, real estate transactions, the blind,golfers and many others.
- Massachusetts’ state and local tax burden rose more than 7% during Romney’s administration.
- Romney refused to endorse the Bush tax cuts in 2003, telling the state’s all-Democrat congressional delegation he wouldn’t be a cheerleader for the plan.
- Romney implemented three rounds of tax changes (which he referred to as “closing loopholes”) which increased business taxes by an estimated $400 million per year.
- Massachusetts’ corporate tax climate now ranks 47 the in the nation, according to the Tax Foundation.
- Romney proposed – then backed away from – a new internet tourism tax that would levy higher taxes on users of sites like Orbitz and Travelocity.
- Romney enrolled Massachusetts in multistate compact aiming to end moratorium on internet sales taxes.
- Romney took no position on estate tax issue in 2002 and signed 50% increase in state cremation fee, which observers called “hidden tax on the dead.”