McCain’s Opposition Research – Part 9

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 17 thru the top of 19.

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

Romney In 1994: “I Think It’s Important That People See Me Not As A Pro-Life Candidate.”

“Republican U.S. Senate hopeful W. Mitt Romney further distanced himself from anti-abortion forces at the start of the GOP state convention in Springfield, saying he does not want to be labeled a ‘pro-life’ candidate. Anti-abortion delegates are expected to caucus before today’s convention vote, but Romney said he will not meet with them.‘I’m not seeking their endorsement,’ said Romney, who remains the clear favorite to win the party’s endorsement today. ‘I think it’s important that people see me not as a pro-life candidate.’”

(Joe Battenfeld, “Romney Assumes Role Of Favorite,” Boston Herald, 5/14/94)


Romney Also Backed RU-486 Access During His ‘94 Race.

“GOP Senate hopeful W. Mitt Romney, who has been accused of waffling on abortion, came down more firmly in the abortion rights camp yesterday, voicing support for the RU-486 ‘morning after’ abortion pill and a bill to ensure clinic access.”

(Andrew Miga, “Romney Leans Toward Abort Rights Camp,” Boston Herald, 5/19/94)


“[Romney] Has Won Praise From Abortion Rights Groups … For Endorsing The Legalization Of RU-486, The Abortion-Inducing Drug Used In Europe.”

(Scot Lehigh, “Romney Admits Advice Against Abortion,” The Boston Globe, 10/20/94)


Romney, On RU-486:

“I think it would be a positive thing to have women have the choice of taking the morning-after pill … I would favor having it available.”

(Andrew Miga, “Romney Leans Toward Abort Rights Camp,” Boston Herald, 5/19/94)


In 2002, Romney Filled Out Questionnaires Supporting Abortion Rights, State Funding For Abortions And Was Endorsed By Pro-Choice Groups


Romney Professed Support For Roe v. Wade, Public Funding Of Abortions.

“On a questionnaire Planned Parenthood gave to the gubernatorial candidates in 2002, Romney answered ‘yes’ to the question, ‘do you support the substance of the supreme court decision in Roe v. Wade?’ Romney also professed support for state funding of abortion services for low-income women, [spokesperson Erin] Rowland said.”

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



Romney, In NARAL Questionnaire:

“I respect and will protect a woman’s right to choose. This choice is a deeply personal one … Women should be free to choose based on their own beliefs, not mine and not the government’s. The truth is, no candidate in the Governor’s race in either party would deny women abortion rights. So let’s end this argument that does not exist and stop the cynical, divisive attacks made only for political gain.”

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



 Romney Bragged Of Being Pro-Choice Since Before Roe v. Wade.

“I don’t think it’s NARAL’s position to say who’s pro-choice and who’s not pro-choice … I joined my mother in 1970 when she said she was in favor of legalizing abortion. I guess they’d say she wasn’t pro-choice because we didn’t have those items to vote for.”

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


Romney Argued He Was Most Pro-Choice Candidate In 2002 Election.

“Gubernatorial candidates Shannon O’Brien and Mitt Romney sparred … over who was the strongest abortion rights supporter by touting endorsements from abortion rights groups and challenging each other’s records on the issue.”

(John McElhenny,“O’Brien, Romney Tout Abortion Rights Credentials,” The Associated Press, 10/3/02)


“Romney … Was Endorsed By The New York-Based Republican Pro-Choice Coalition.”

(John McElhenny,“O’Brien, Romney Tout Abortion Rights Credentials,” The Associated Press, 10/3/02)

In 2002, Romney Opposed Mandatory Counseling And Waiting Periods


Boston Magazine, Circa 2002: Romney Opposed “Any Curtailment Of Existing Abortion Rights, Including The Anti-Abortion Movement’s Attempts To Impose Mandatory Counseling And Waiting Periods.”

“According to [Romney’s] written response to an abortion-rights group questionnaire, Romney supports a ban on partial-birth abortions but otherwise opposes any curtailment of existing abortion rights, including the anti-abortion movement’s attempts to impose mandatory counseling and waiting periods.”

( Jon Keller, “Latter-Day Complaints,” Boston Magazine, 6/02)


Romney Affirmed His Support For Roe v. Wade Decision In Both Of His Previous Campaigns1994: Romney Said He Would “Sustain And Support” Roe v. Wade.

“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)

2002: Romney Confirmed His Support For Roe v. Wade Decision In Planned Parenthood Questionnaire.

“On a questionnaire Planned Parenthood gave to the gubernatorial candidates in 2002, Romney answered ‘yes’ to the question, ‘Do you support the substance of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade?’”

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

Romney Has More Than Once Become “Firmer” In His Position On Abortion1994 Romney Spokesman:

“As Mitt has studied the issues with regard to choice more and more and talked with a lot of people about them, he has become firmer in his position.”

(Scot Lehigh, “Romney Takes More Heat On Abortion,”  The Boston Globe, 9/10/94)

2007 Romney Spokesman:

“[T]his was clearly an issue where the governor realized he was wrong in the past and is clearly and firmly dedicated to advocating the position of protecting life.”

(Glen Johnson, “Romney’s Abortion Views First Shaped By Personal, Then Clinical,” The Associated Press, 2/7/07)

Romney Became More Pro-Choice As 1994 Senate Race Went On, First Opposing – Then Backing –Federal Funding Of Abortion February 1994: Romney Claimed He Opposed Medicaid-Funded Abortions.

“[Romney] also said he would oppose spending public money for Medicaid-funded abortions. ‘I am not in favor of government funding of abortion,’ he said. ‘I don’t think government should either promote or prevent abortion.’”

(Scot Lehigh and Frank Phillips,“GOP’s Romney Declares, Says Kennedy Out Of Date,” The Boston Globe, 2/3/94)


Later In The Campaign, Romney Changed Positions And Backed States’ Rights To Offer Medicaid-FundedAbortions.

“More recently, Romney … has also said that he would leave the decision about Medicaid abortionsto the states.”

(Scot Lehigh, “Romney Takes More Heat On Abortion,”  The Boston Globe, 9/10/94)



Spokesman: Romney “Would Leave To The States The Decision On Whether To Use Federal Funds For Abortion.”

“Manning said Romney wants to leave health care abortion coverage to the consumer, would support the Freedom of Choice act as long as went no further than codifying Roe v. Wade, and would leave to the states the decision on whether to use federal funds for abortion.”

(Scot Lehigh and Frank Phillips, “Lakian, Romney Try Finger-Pointing,” The Boston Globe, 9/9/94)


“Asked How [Ted] Kennedy And Romney Differ On The Abortion Issue, [Romney Aide Charles]Manning Said, ‘It’s Tiny Nuances.’”

(Bruce Mohl, “Mass. Antiabortion Group Backs Romney,” The Boston Globe, 9/8/94)


By September 1994, Romney Was For Abortion Coverage In Federal Health Plans, Codifying Roe v. Wade And Federal Abortion Funding.

“Romney supports a federal health care plan option that includes abortion services, would vote for a law codifying the 1972 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion and backs federal funding for abortions as long as states can decide if they want the money, [a spokesman] said.”

(Ed Hayward, “Anti-Abortion Group Endorses Romney Bid,” Boston Herald, 9/8/94)


Romney’s Wife Contributed To Planned Parenthood Romney’s Wife Ann Made Contribution To Planned Parenthood In 1994, Check Written “From The Romney’s Joint Checking Account.”

“As abortion continues to define the Republican presidential primary, Mitt Romney’s campaign said yesterday that Romney’s wife, Ann, made a $150 contribution to Planned Parenthood in 1994, the year Romney ran for Senate as a candidate supporting abortion rights. Romney spokesman Kevin Madden said Ann Romney does not remember whether it was a straight donation to the abortion rights group, which supports abortion rights, or whether she wrote the check as an admission fee for an event. … Madden confirmed the payment in response to a question from the Globe asking whether Romney or his wife had given to the organization. He said the check was written from the Romney’s joint checking account …”

(Scott Helman,“Romney’s Wife Made Contribution To Planned Parenthood,” The Boston Globe, 5/10/07

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