McCain’s Opposition Research – Part 10


Via or from BuzzFeed comes an opposition research file compiled by the McCain campaign in 2008.  The document is 194 pages long.  These are pages from the top of 19 to the bottom of page 21.

I have bolded the first word in each entry for ease of reading.

ROMNEY ON ABORTION AS GOVERNOR

Romney Says That During His As Governor Tenure He Was “Consistently … Pro-Life,” But His Actions Dispute Such A Claim Romney Now Says He Was Effectively A Pro-Life Governor.

ROMNEY: “You don’t have to take my word for it.You can look at what I did as a governor. And as a governor I came down on the side of life.”

(Fox News’ “Hannity  & Colmes,” 5/7/07)

Romney Claim: “You Can See In My Record As Governor That I Have Consistently Been Pro-Life.”

ROMNEY: “[Y]ou can look at my record as governor, and you can see in my record as governor that I have consistently been pro-life. Every piece of legislation that dealt with life…” CNN’s JOHN ROBERTS: “Even though you were effectively pro-choice?” ROMNEY: “You know, as governor, all the decisions I made as governor and all the bills that came to my desk were – I came down on the side of life. So when I ran for office, I was effectively pro- choice. I didn’t call myself pro-choice, but I said I would keep the law the way it was. But the first time as governor that I saw a piece of legislation that dealt with life, I came down on the side of life.”

(CNN’s “American Morning,” 6/18/07)

ABC News: “Several Actions Romney Took Mere Months After” His Abortion Epiphany “Call Into Question How Deep-Seated His Conversion Truly Was.”

“Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has longcited a November 2004 meeting with a Harvard stem-cell researcher as the moment that changed his long-heldstance of supporting abortion rights to his current ‘pro-life’ position opposing legal abortion. But several actionsRomney took mere months after that meeting call into question how deep-seated his conversion truly was.”

(RickKlein and Jake Tapper, “Romney’s Pro-Life Conversion: Myth Or Reality?”ABC News, 6/14/07)

Romney Appointed Pro-Choice Judge Just Two Months After His Abortion “Conversion”“Within Two Months Of His Epiphany On This Issue, Romney Appointed To A Judgeship A Democrat Who Was An Avowed Supporter Of Abortion Rights.”

(Rick Klein and Jake Tapper, “Romney’s Pro-Life Conversion: Myth Or Reality?”ABC News, 6/14/07)

Romney Appointed Matthew Nestor To The Somerville District Court In January 2005.

(Mitt Romney, Letter To The Executive Council, 1/18/05)

Nestor Is Pro-Choice, A Position He “Stressed” During State House Campaign.

“Nestor was born in Lynn,grew up in Randolph and graduated from Wesleyan University and Boston College Law School. … In the campaign, he has stressed his support for the death penalty and welfare reform as well as a pro-choice stance on abortion, issues on which he and Jones agree..”

(Andy Dabilis, “Jones, Nestor Lock Horns In 21st Middlesex Contest,”  The Boston Globe, 10/16/94)

Republican Strategist Keith Appell:

“This would appear to be evidence that he bowed to political pressures instead of following his supposed judicial philosophy, and that’s what the conservative base of the Republican Party is very leery of … If you espouse a certain judicial philosophy, your appointments should reflect it.”

(Rick Kleinand Jake Tapper, “Romney’s Pro-Life Conversion: Myth Or Reality?”ABC News, 6/14/07)

Romney Health Care Plan Expanded Access To Abortion, Required Planned Parenthood Representative On State Policy Panel October 2006: Romney Took Credit For “Officially” Launching Commonwealth Care, Calling It “Key Component” Of Romney Care.

“The following information was released by the Massachusetts Office of the Governor: Governor Mitt Romney today officially launched Commonwealth Care, an innovative health insurance product that will allow thousands of uninsured Massachusetts residents to purchase private health insurance products at affordable rates. Commonwealth Care is a key component of the state’s landmark healthcare reform law approved by the Governor in April. ‘We are now on the road to getting everyone health insurance in Massachusetts,’ said Governor Romney. … ‘Today, we celebrate a great beginning.’”

(“Romney Unveils First New Healthcare Reform Product,” States News Service, 10/2/06)

Romney:

“Earlier this year, I offered a plan called Commonwealth Care that opens the market to much lower-cost insurance than is now available.”

(Mitt Romney, Op-Ed, “Health-Care Reform Gets A Fair Shake,” Boston Herald, 6/21/05)

Under Commonwealth Care, State Pays For Coverage For Those Earning Less Than Federal Poverty Level And “Subsidizes” Insurance For Those Making Up To Three Times Poverty Level.

“For individuals …earning less than the federal poverty level of $10,210, the state created a new program called Commonwealth Care to offer essentially free coverage. The state already has signed up 63,000 of the estimated 140,000 of its poorest residents. … For those making slightly more up to three times the federal poverty level or $30,630 for an individual the state requires payments between $18 and $106 a month in premiums depending on their income,but still subsidizes a portion of the cost.”

(Steve LeBlanc, “Massachusetts Celebrates Anniversary Of Landmark Health Care Law,”  The Associated Press, 4/11/07)

Commonwealth Care, Which Is “Funded By The State,” Provides Access To Abortion Services.

“Commonwealth Care is run by the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority and funded by the state. … Commonwealth Care health plans include: outpatient medical care (doctor’s visits, surgery, radiology and lab, abortion, community health center visits) …”

(MassResources Website,www.massresources.org, Accessed 2/5/07)

As Of  June 1, 2007, Commonwealth Care Enrollment Had Reached 79,000 People.

“Enrollment in Commonwealth Care, the subsidized program for people with income not exceeding 300 percent of the federal poverty level ($30,630 for an individual and $61,950 for a family of four), spiked to more than 79,000 as of June 1.This marks an increase of 10,000, or 15 percent, over the previous month.”

(Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority, Press Release, 6/4/07)

Section 3  Of The Health Care Reform Bill Romney Signed In To Law Requires That One Member Of MassHealth Payment Policy Board Must Be Appointed By Planned Parenthood Of Massachusetts.

From Chapter 58 of the Acts of 2006: “SECTION 3. Chapter 6A of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 16I the following 6 sections: . . . Section 16M. (a) There shall be a MassHealth payment policy advisory board. The board shall consist of the secretary of health and human services or his designee, who shall serve as chair, the commissioner of health care financing and policy, and 12 other members: … 1 member appointed by Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts …”

(Massachusetts General Court Website,www.mass.gov,Accessed 2/5/07)

In June 2007, Romney Denied His Bill Included The Planned Parenthood Mandate.

QUESTION: “I noticed some of the conservative groups back in Massachusetts, they complain about there’s a Planned Parenthood rep mandate to be on the planning board for the health care plan. Is that something you just had to deal with in negotiating with the legislature?” ROMNEY: “It’s certainly not something that was in my bill.”

(Eric Krol, “Full Text Of Romney Interview,” [Arlington Heights, IL] Daily Herald, 6/17/07)

Romney Signed Bill Expanding Family Planning, Morning-After Pill Distribution In Massachusetts In October 2005, Romney Signed Bill Expanding Family Planning Services, Including Abortion Counseling And Morning-After Pill.

“Governor Mitt Romney has signed a bill that could expand the number of people who get family-planning services, including the morning-after pill, confusing some abortion and contraception foes who had been heartened by his earlier veto of an emergency contraception bill. … The services include the distribution of condoms, abortion counseling, and the distribution of emergency contraception, or morning after pills, by prescription …”

(Stephanie Ebbert, “Romney Signs Bill On Family Planning,”  The Boston Globe, 10/15/05)

Law Called For State To Seek Federal Waiver To Expand Number Of Low-Income Residents Eligible For Family Planning Services By Estimated 88,000 People.

“The new law calls for the state to seek a federal waiver to expand the number of low-income people eligible for comprehensive family-planning services statewide. If the federal government approves the waiver, an estimated 88,000 more people would be eligible, said Richard Powers, spokesman for the state’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services.”

(Stephanie Ebbert, “Romney Signs Bill On Family Planning,”  The Boston Globe, 10/15/05)

Romney Had Previously Argued That Morning-After Pills “Cause Abortions.”

“In July, Romney vetoed a bill to expand the use of the morning-after pills by requiring hospitals to offer them to rape victims and requiring pharmacists to dispense them without prescriptions. At the time, the governor embraced opponents’ argument that the pills not only prevent pregnancies, but cause abortions. The Legislature overrode the veto in September.”

(Stephanie Ebbert, “Romney Signs Bill On Family Planning,”  The Boston Globe, 10/15/05)

In July 2005 Boston Globe Op-Ed, Romney Argued That Morning-After Pill Plan B Would “TerminateLife After Conception.”

“Yesterday I vetoed a bill that the Legislature forwarded to my desk. Though described by its sponsors as a measure relating to contraception, there is more to it than that. The bill does not involve only the prevention of conception: The drug it authorizes [Plan B emergency contraception] would also terminate life after conception.”

(Mitt Romney, “Why I Vetoed Contraception Bill,” The Boston Globe, 7/26/05)

Romney Communications Director Eric Fehrnstrom “Suggested That The Decision Was Not Controversial.”

“The administration did not publicize the waiver request. Yesterday, the governor’s communications director, Eric Fehrnstrom, suggested that the decision was not controversial.”

(Stephanie Ebbert,“Romney Signs Bill On Family Planning,” The Boston Globe, 10/15/05)

Fehrnstrom:

“The Commonwealth already provides these health services to low-income women, and we have no objection to the Legislature’s directive that we seek a waiver to expand the eligible population to women with a slightly higher income …”

(Stephanie Ebbert, “Romney Signs Bill On Family Planning,” The Boston Globe,10/15/05)

“[R]omney’s Move Has Left Some Conservatives Across The Country Confused …”

(Stephanie Ebbert, “Romney Signs Bill On Family Planning,” The Boston Globe, 10/15/05)

Joseph M. Scheidler, Pro-Life Action League:

“The guy’s not coming around … If he’s trying to win prolife folks, he won’t get the hardcore. … If he were consistent, he would have vetoed that …”

(Stephanie Ebbert,“Romney Signs Bill On Family Planning,” The Boston Globe, 10/15/05)

As Governor, Romney Ordered Catholic Hospitals To Distribute Emergency Contraception In December 2005, Romney “Abruptly Ordered His Administration To Reverse Course … And Require Catholic Hospitals To Provide Emergency Contraception To Rape Victims.”

“Gov. Mitt Romney abruptly ordered his administration to reverse course yesterday and require Catholic hospitals to provide emergency contraception medication to rape victims. In a turnaround that foes derided as politically motivated, Romney directed his Department of Public Health to scrap rules that exempted the Catholic institutions from a new law governing the medicine.”

(Kimberly Atkins, “Romney Flip Nixes Hospital Exception On Post-Rape Drug,” Boston Herald, 12/9/05)

Romney:

“It’s the right thing for hospitals to provide information and access to emergency contraception to anyone who is a victim of rape.”

(Dave Wedge, “Merry Christy,” Boston Herald, 12/11/05)

Romney:

“My personal view in my heart of hearts is that people who are subject to rape should have the option of having emergency contraceptives or emergency contraceptive information …”

(Kimberly Atkins, “Romney Flip Nixes Hospital Exception On Post-Rape Drug,” Boston Herald, 12/9/05)

Romney Had Initially Supported State Ruling Allowing Hospitals To Opt Out On Moral Grounds.

“The decision overturns a ruling made public this week by the state Department of Public Health that privately run hospitals could opt out of the requirement if they objected on moral or religious grounds. Romney had initially supported that interpretation…”

(Scott Helman, “Romney Says No Hospitals Are Exempt From Pill Law,” The Boston Globe, 12/9/05)

Boston Herald Called It “An Olympic-Caliber Double Flip-Flop.”

“Flip, flop, flip. Yes, Gov. Mitt Romney has now executed an Olympic-caliber double flip-flop with a gold medal-performance twist-and-a-half on the issue of emergency contraception. … It’s no secret Mitt Romney would like to be president. But who would have thought he’d take John Kerry as his campaign role model?”

(Editorial, “Politics On Display The Morning-After,” Boston Herald, 12/9/05)

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