McCain’s Opposition Research – Part 11

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 bottom of page 21 to the middle of Page 23.

This post needs to be compared to Part 10, where as Governor he took a pro-choice position.  In this post Romney is moving to a pro-life position

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


In Early 2007, Romney Gave South Carolina Audiences Conflicting Answers On His Abortion Position Romney In South Carolina, January 29:  “Over the last multiple years, as you know, I have been effectively pro-choice … I never called myself that as a label but I was effectively pro-choice and that followed a personal experience in my extended family that led to that conclusion.”

(Bruce Smith, “Romney Campaigns In SC With Sen. DeMint,” The Associated Press, 1/30/07)

Romney In South Carolina, February 8:  “I am firmly pro-life … I was always for life.”

(Jim Davenport, “Romney Affirms Abortion Opposition During Stop In SC,” The Associated Press, 2/8/07)

Romney Refused To Comment On South Carolina Legislation That Would Require Pregnant Women To Be Offered View Of Ultrasound Image Of Fetus Before Choosing An Abortion Romney “Refused To Comment” On Bill Pending In South Carolina Legislature Requiring That Abortion Doctors Offer Women Option Of Viewing Ultrasound.

“In a campaign stop in South Carolina at the end of last week, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney refused to comment on a bill pending in the South Carolina legislature that is a new trend in reducing abortions. The measure would require abortion practitioners to allow women a chance to see an ultrasound. … It follows on research showing that a high number of abortion-minded women who see ultrasounds at pregnancy centers decide to keep their baby.”

(Steven Ertelt, “Mitt Romney Won’t Comment On South Carolina Abortion-Ultrasound Bill,” Life News, 4/17/07)

“Romney Appeared To Sidestep The Question” When Asked If He Supported The Measure.

“The legislation enjoys the support of other top GOP presidential candidates, but Romney appeared to sidestep the question when asked whether he backed it. ‘I would like to see each state be able to make its own law with regard to abortion,’ Romney told AP when asked a question about his stance on it. ‘I think the Roe v. Wade one-size-fits-all approach is wrong.’”

(Steven Ertelt, “Mitt Romney Won’t Comment On South Carolina Abortion-Ultrasound Bill,” Life News, 4/17/07)

“[Romney] Declined Friday To Weigh In … [T]he Former Massachusetts Governor Said States Should Make Their Own Abortion Laws.”

(Meg Kinnard, “Romney Sidesteps Ultrasound Viewing Requirement For Abortion,” The Associated Press, 4/13/07)

Huckabee, McCain, Brownback All Support Ultrasound Bill.

“Other candidates were more specific on themeasure in interviews with the newspaper. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who has signed pro-life bills into law as governor in his state, says he backs the idea. … Arizona Sen. John McCain says he, too, favors the abortion-ultrasound requirement. … Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback said he supported the bill as well.”

(Steven Ertelt,“Mitt Romney Won’t Comment On South Carolina Abortion-Ultrasound Bill,” Life News, 4/17/07)

 Pro-Life Groups, Pro-Choice Groups And Romney’s Own Advisers Have Been Confused About His Abortion Stance

Romney Advisor James Bopp, Circa 2007: “I’m Really Not Sure Where [Abortion] Will Ultimately Fit In His Agenda. He’s Still On A Journey.” “Will any of these candidates really advocate to end abortion, or are they justpaying lip service on an important issue to the base? … ‘I don’t know yet about Romney,’ [Romney advisoryJames] Bopp admits. ‘I’m not really sure where [abortion] will ultimately fit in his agenda. He’s still on a journey.’”

(Jonathan Martin, “Abortion Wars (Cont.),” Politico,, 2/21/07)

In 2005, Confusion Reigned Over Romney’s Abortion Beliefs.

“Advocates on both sides of the abortion debate say they are confused over Governor Mitt Romney’s position on abortion and are seeking to understand the meaning of recent comments he has made, in light of the positions he outlined during the 2002 gubernatorial campaign.”

(Stephanie Ebbert, “Clarity Sought On Romney’s Abortion Stance,” The Boston Globe, 7/3/05)

2002: Romney Declined To Fill Out Massachusetts Citizens For Life’s Questionnaire.

“[Massachusetts Citizens for Life’s Marie Sturgis said] ‘We honestly don’t know where he stands on this issue.’ … When he ran for governor in 2002, she said, her group considered him an abortion rights supporter; Romney declined to complete the Citizens for Life questionnaire.”

(Stephanie Ebbert, “Clarity Sought On Romney’s Abortion Stance,” The Boston Globe, 7/3/05)

New York Sun’s Ryan Sager, On Romney And Massachusetts Citizens For Life:

“[D]uring his 2002campaign for governor, Mr. Romney ran away from the group’s endorsement at a televised debate like a dog from a vacuum cleaner.”

(Ryan Sager, “Political Video Of The Day: Romney And Mass. Citizens For Life,” New York Sun’s PoliticsBlog, 5/9/07)

In 2005, Massachusetts Citizens For Life Still Considered Romney To Be An Abortion Rights Supporter.

“[Sturgis] said she hasn’t detected any change in Romney’s stance. The group considers Romney to be anabortion-rights supporter, as do national antiabortion groups such as the Family Research Council.”

(Scott S.Greenberger, “Roe V. Wade Omitted From Proclamation,” The Boston Globe, 3/25/05)

Romney In Early 2002: Don’t Call Me Pro-Choice OrPro-Life.

His position on abortion is already an issue because Romney insists on not being labeled either pro-life or pro-choice. ‘People have to look at my views piece by piece, and they can decide what to call me,’ he said. … ‘I do not favor the choice of abortion,’ he said. ‘I do,however, if I am elected governor, believe that is it my responsibility to protect the right of a woman to make that choice herself.’”

(Lisa Riley Roche, “At Peace In Massachusetts,” Deseret News, 4/28/02)
Romney In Late 2002: “I Do Not Take The Position Of A Pro-Life Candidate.”

(David Guarino, “Last Brawl,” Boston Herald, 10/30/02)

 In Early 2005, Romney Refused To Say Where He Stood On Abortion In Any Other Context Than Governor.

“Asked in an interview with Washington Post reporters in February 2005 whether he favored making abortion illegal, he replied: ‘I’m telling you exactly what I will do as governor of Massachusetts, but I’m not going totell you what I’d do as mayor of Boston or a congressman or any of those positions.’”

(Dan Balz and Shailagh Murray,“Mass. Governor’s Rightward Shift Raises Questions,” The Washington Post, 12/21/06)

Romney Falsely Claimed President Bush Was Pro-Choice Before He Became Pro-Life Romney Recently Claimed President George W. Bush “Was Pro-Choice Before He Became Pro-Life.”

“Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said this week that President Bush ‘was pro-choice before he became pro-life,’ an assertion the Romney campaign now acknowledges was inaccurate. The remark was based on a magazine article Romney had read, his campaign said.”

(Mike Allen, “Romney Misstates Past Bush View On Abortion,” The Politico,, 2/25/07)

White House Responded That President Bush Has Always Been Pro-Life.

“The White House said Bush has always been ‘pro-life.’ During the presidential race of 2000, Dan Bartlett – then a spokesman for the Bush campaign, now the White House counselor – was asked about a quotation from a Texas newspaper in 1978suggesting Bush’s position had been unclear. Bartlett told The Washington Post: ‘The governor was pro-life before he ran for Congress, during his run for Congress and after he ran for Congress.’ A White House official said Friday that Bartlett’s quote is still accurate today.”

(Mike Allen, “Romney Misstates Past Bush View On Abortion,”  The Politico,, 2/25/07)

Romney Campaign Said Romney’s Remark Was “Off The Cuff” And Based On One Op-Ed Column.

“Romney’s campaign said the comment was off the cuff and was based on a National Review article, which remained on Romney’s Web site Saturday morning, asserting that “George W. Bush ran as a pro-choice politician in his 1978 congressional campaign.”

(Mike Allen, “Romney Misstates Past Bush View On Abortion,” The Politico,

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