McCain’s Opposition Research – Part 7

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 14 of the document and the end of the Executive Summary.





Gun Control

  • 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.

Tomorrow we begin to delve deeper into the issues.  Here is a sample of what is to come.


During His Political Career, Romney Has Been Pro-Choice, Then Not Pro-Choice, Then Pro-Choice Again,Now Claims To Be Pro-Life

Romney Forcefully Positioned Himself As Pro-Choice In 1994 Senate Race, Saying “You Will Not See Me Wavering On That.”

“When Kennedy called him ‘multiple choice,’ Romney demanded an extra rebuttal. He revealed that a close relative died of an illegal abortion years ago and said, ‘Since that time, my mother and my family have been committed to the belief that we can believe as we want, but we will not force our beliefs on others on that matter, and you will not see me wavering on that.’”

(Joan Vennochi, “Romney’s Revolving World,”  The Boston Globe, 3/2/06)

In 1994, Romney Claimed He Supported Legalizing Abortion Before Roe v. Wade Decision.

ROMNEY: “I joined my mother in 1970 when she said she was in favor of legalizing abortion.”

(Scot Lehigh, “Romney Labeled A ‘Pretender’ On Abortion Rights,”  The Boston Globe, 10/12/94)

Romney, During 1994 Debate:

“I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country. I have since the time that my mom took that position when she ran in 1970 as a US Senate candidate. I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years we should sustain and support it.”

(Joan Vennochi, “Romney’s Revolving World,”  The Boston Globe, 3/2/06)

As Romney Considered Run For Office In Utah In 2002, He Told Local Paper He Did Not “Wish To Be Labeled Pro-Choice.”

“After Romney lost the Senate race, he decamped to Utah to run the Winter Olympics.  When it was rumored he might seek political office there, he wrote this in a letter to the editor of the Salt Lake City Tribune: ‘I do not wish to be labeled pro choice.’”

(Joan Vennochi, “Romney’s Revolving World,”  The Boston Globe, 3/2/06)


“When I am asked if I am pro-choice or pro-life, I say I refuse to accept either label.”

(Glen Warchol,“This Is The Place, But Politics May Lead Romneys Elsewhere,”  The Salt Lake Tribune, 2/14/99)

Announcing For Massachusetts Governor In 2002, Romney Reaffirmed His Pro-Choice Position.

“[A]s Governor of the Commonwealth, I will protect the right of a woman to choose under the law of the country and the laws of the Commonwealth.”

(Joan Vennochi, “Romney’s Revolving World,”  The Boston Globe, 3/2/06)


“I will preserve and protect a woman’s right to choose, and am devoted and dedicated to honoring my word in that regard. I will not change any provisions of Massachusetts’ pro-choice laws.”

(2002 Romney-O’Brien Gubernatorial Debate, Suffolk University, Boston, MA, 10/29/02)

“Romney … Said He Was Pro-Choice When He Ran For Governor Of Massachusetts.”

(Michael Goot,“Romney On Campaign Trail,”  Foster’s Daily Democrat, 4/27/07)

In 2002, Romney Offered His Completed NARAL Questionnaire, Filled Out With “Mostly Abortion-Rights Positions,” To The Media Even Before Returning It To NARAL.

“Yesterday, Romney also aimed to head off confusion about his stance on abortion rights by answering a Mass National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League questionnaire with mostly abortion-rights positions. He offered the questionnaire to the press even before he returned it to Mass NARAL…”

(Stephanie Ebbert, “Romney Pushes Education At Campaign Stop,”  The Boston Globe,4/10/02)

Romney Now Insists He Has Always Been Personally Pro-Life.

“I’ve always been personally pro-life. … For me, the role of government (on that issue) was what was uncertain.”

(Ann Marie Timmins, “Romney Tells Voters: Ask Away,”  Concord Monitor, 4/4/07)

Former Adviser Mike Murphy, On Romney’s Pro-Life Position:

“He’s been a pro-life Mormon faking it as a pro-choice friendly.”

(John J. Miller, “Matinee Mitt,”  The National Review, 12/14/05,, Accessed 4/30/07)

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