McCain’s Opposition Research – Part 12


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 middle of page 23 to the top of page 25.

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

STEM CELL RESEARCH 

Romney Was Once Emphatically In Favor Of Embryonic Stem Cell Research June 2002: Romney “Spoke Extensively” About His Support For Embryonic Stem Cell Research At Bioethics Forum.

“Speaking at a bioethics forum, GOP gubernatorial hopeful Mitt Romney yesterday endorsed embryonic stem cell research … [Romney] endorsed embryonic stem cell research, saying the controversial science might one day help treat his wife’s multiple sclerosis in addition to numerous other degenerative diseases. … Romney spoke extensively about his position on stem cell research, which also involves embryo destruction.”

(Raja Mishra, “Romney Endorses Stem Cell Research, Is Silent On Cloning,” The Boston Globe, 6/14/02)

Romney Promised To “Work And Fight For Stem Cell Research,” Criticized President Bush’s 2001 Policy.

“‘I am in favor of stem cell research. I will work and fight for stem cell research,’ [Romney] said,adding, ‘I’d be happy to talk to [President Bush] about this, though I don’t know if I could budge him an inch.’Last summer, Bush set tight limits on taxpayer-funded embryonic stem cell research…”

(Raja Mishra, “Romney Endorses Stem Cell Research, Is Silent On Cloning,” The Boston Globe, 6/14/02)

In 2004, Romney Reiterated Support At Biotech Conference, Saying He Didn’t Want “Any Impediment To Doing Research In Massachusetts.”

“In his remarks, Mr. Romney also said he supported stem cell research …‘We don’t want there to be any impediment to doing research in Massachusetts, any impediment that would take you to another state,’ Mr. Romney said.”

(Lisa Eckelbecker, “Leaders Deride Drug Imports,” Telegram & Gazette [Worcester, MA],4/30/04)

As Of February 2005, Romney Took A “More Liberal Position Than The President’s” On Stem Cell Research.

“Under a Bush administration policy announced Aug. 9, 2001, researchers can only use federal funding on batches of embryonic stem cells created before that date. Romney said that scientists should be able to work with those embryonic stem cells, but also with embryonic stem cells created after that date, as long as they have been made from embryos generated for fertility clinics that otherwise would have been discarded. This represents a more liberal position than the president’s.”

(Gareth Cook, “Stem Cell Research Holds Promise Against Many Illnesses,” The Boston Globe, 2/11/05)

Romney Later “Stunned” Scientists And Observers By Trying To Criminalize Form Of Embryonic Stem Cell Research That Creates Embryos For Scientific Purposes In 2005, Romney Vetoed Legislation That Allowed Research On Eggs Created Via “Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer.”

“Romney vetoed the legislation, in part, because it allowed somatic cell nuclear transfer, or “therapeutic cloning” — using human eggs specifically for research. … ‘It is wrong to allow science to take an assembly line approach to the production of human embryos, the creation of which will be rooted in experimentation and destruction,’ Romney said in a May 27, 2005, letter to lawmakers explaining his veto.”

(Glen Johnson, “Healey Splits With Romney And Favors Stem Cell Research,” The Associated Press, 2/27/06)

“Romney’s Opposition Stunned Scientists, Lawmakers And Observers…”

“At a campaign appearance at Brandeis University in June 2002, Romney strongly endorsed stem cell research. At that event and in several instances since, he declined to offer an opinion on embryo cloning … But on Feb. 10, 2005 …Romney came out strongly against the cloning technique … He vowed to press for legislation to criminalize the work. Romney’s opposition stunned scientists, lawmakers, and observers because of his past statements endorsing, at least in general terms, embryonic stem cell research.”

(Scott Helman, “Romney’s Journey To The Right,”  The Boston Globe, 12/17/06)

Romney Has Actively Worked To Curtail And Even Outlaw Embryonic Stem Cell Research In Massachusetts.

“[L]ast year, [Romney] said that human embryos should never be created for the purpose of scientific research. … Last year, Massachusetts lawmakers supported a bill that would allow scientists to use human embryos created for research, overriding Romney’s veto. In August, the spat between Romney and lawmakers resurfaced when Romney-appointed regulators imposed new guidelines for stem cell research that critics deemed more restrictive than the state’s stem cell law.”

(Sarah Liebowitz, “Romney Reaching To Right,”  Concord Monitor, 12/10/06)

Six Months After His November 2004 Conversion On Life Issues, Romney Endorsed Federal Legislation That Provided Funding For Research On Surplus Embryos From In Vitro Fertilization Procedures In May 2005 – Six Months After His Supposed “Conversion” On Life Issues – Romney Stated His Support For Federal Bill That Provided Funding For Research On Surplus Embryos From Fertility Clinics.

“In response to a question then, Mr. Romney drew a distinction between the House bill and the state measure. ‘The United States House of Representatives voted for a bill that was identical to what I proposed,’ Mr. Romney said.‘They voted to provide for surplus embryos from in vitro fertilization processes being used for research and experimentation. That’s what I said I support.’”

(Michael Luo, “Romney Faces Another ‘Flip-Flop’ Question: Has He Changed On Stem Cells?” The New York Times, 6/15/07)

Romney Called Congressional Bill “Identical To What I Proposed … What The U.S. House Of Representatives Is Doing Is Exactly What Gov. Romney Proposed.”

“‘The United States House of Representatives voted for a bill that was identical to what I proposed … They voted to provide for surplus embryos from in vitro fertilization processes to be used for research and experimentation. That’s what I have said I support. That’s what they have just supported. … What is done in Washington is consistent with what I have said I support which is using surplus embryos from fertilization processes. … So it would be helpful if people pointed out that in fact what the U.S. House of Representatives is doing is exactly what Gov. Romney proposed.”

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

“Scarcely Two Years Later, Former Gov. Romney Now Said He Would Oppose That House Bill.”

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

Romney Currently Opposes Government Funding For Embryos From In Vitro Fertilization Processes But Supports Allowing The Research To Go Forward.

“[I]n a little-noticed moment at the first Republican presidential debate, last month in California, Mr. Romney was asked whether he would encourage broader federal financing. When he did not directly answer that question, he was pressed on whether scientists should be able to do research at all on embryos that fertility clinics would otherwise discard anyway. Mr. Romney said he would be‘happy to allow that,’ then stopped himself and said: ‘I shouldn’t say happy. It’s fine for that to be allowed, to be to work with those embryonic stem cells, but also with embryonic stem cells created after that date, as long as they have been made from embryos generated for fertility clinics that otherwise would have been discarded. This represents a more liberal position than the president’s.”

(Gareth Cook, “Stem Cell Research Holds Promise Against Many Illnesses,” The Boston Globe, 2/11/05)

Romney Later “Stunned” Scientists And Observers By Trying To Criminalize Form Of Embryonic Stem Cell Research That Creates Embryos For Scientific Purposes In 2005, Romney Vetoed Legislation That Allowed Research On Eggs Created Via “Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer.”

“Romney vetoed the legislation, in part, because it allowed somatic cell nuclear transfer, or“therapeutic cloning” — using human eggs specifically for research. … ‘It is wrong to allow science to take an assembly line approach to the production of human embryos, the creation of which will be rooted in experimentation and destruction,’ Romney said in a May 27, 2005, letter to lawmakers explaining his veto.”

(Glen Johnson, “Healey Splits With Romney And Favors Stem Cell Research,”  The Associated Press, 2/27/06)

“Romney’s Opposition Stunned Scientists, Lawmakers And Observers…”

“At a campaign appearance at Brandeis University in June 2002, Romney strongly endorsed stem cell research. At that event and in several instances since, he declined to offer an opinion on embryo cloning … But on Feb. 10, 2005 …Romney came out strongly against the cloning technique … He vowed to press for legislation to criminalize the work. Romney’s opposition stunned scientists, lawmakers, and observers because of his past statements endorsing, at least in general terms, embryonic stem cell research.”

(Scott Helman, “Romney’s Journey To The Right,”  The Boston Globe, 12/17/06)

Romney Has Actively Worked To Curtail And Even Outlaw Embryonic Stem Cell Research In Massachusetts.

“[L]ast year, [Romney] said that human embryos should never be created for the purpose of scientific research. … Last year, Massachusetts lawmakers supported a bill that would allow scientists to use human embryos created for research, overriding Romney’s veto. In August, the spat between Romney and lawmakers resurfaced when Romney-appointed regulators imposed new guidelines for stem cell research that critics deemed more restrictive than the state’s stem cell law.”

(Sarah Liebowitz, “Romney Reaching To Right,”

Concord Monitor

, 12/10/06)

Six Months After His November 2004 Conversion On Life Issues, Romney Endorsed Federal Legislation That Provided Funding For Research On Surplus Embryos From In Vitro Fertilization Procedures In May 2005 – Six Months After His Supposed “Conversion” On Life Issues – Romney Stated His Support For Federal Bill That Provided Funding For Research On Surplus Embryos From Fertility Clinics.

“In response to a question then, Mr. Romney drew a distinction between the House bill and the state measure. ‘The United States House of Representatives voted for a bill that was identical to what I proposed,’ Mr. Romney said.‘They voted to provide for surplus embryos from in vitro fertilization processes being used for research and experimentation. That’s what I said I support.’”

(Michael Luo, “Romney Faces Another ‘Flip-Flop’ Question: Has He Changed On Stem Cells?”  The New York Times, 6/15/07)

Romney Called Congressional Bill “Identical To What I Proposed … What The U.S. House Of Representatives Is Doing Is Exactly What Gov. Romney Proposed.”

“‘The United States House of Representatives voted for a bill that was identical to what I proposed … They voted to provide for surplus embryos from in vitro fertilization processes to be used for research and experimentation. That’s what I have said I support. That’s what they have just supported. … What is done in Washington is consistent with what I have said I support which is using surplus embryos from fertilization processes. … So it would be helpful if people pointed out that in fact what the U.S. House of Representatives is doing is exactly what Gov. Romney proposed.”

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

“Scarcely Two Years Later, Former Gov. Romney Now Said He Would Oppose That House Bill.”

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

Romney Currently Opposes Government Funding For Embryos From In Vitro Fertilization Processes But Supports Allowing The Research To Go Forward.

“[I]n a little-noticed moment at the first Republican presidential debate, last month in California, Mr. Romney was asked whether he would encourage broader federal financing. When he did not directly answer that question, he was pressed on whether scientists should be able to do research at all on embryos that fertility clinics would otherwise discard anyway. Mr. Romney said he would be‘happy to allow that,’ then stopped himself and said: ‘I shouldn’t say happy. It’s fine for that to be allowed, to be legal. I won’t use our government funds for that.’”

(Michael Luo, “Romney Faces Another ‘Flip-Flop’ Question: Has He Changed On Stem Cells?” The New York Times, 6/15/07)

Romney Said He Had No Ethical Problem With Using Surplus Embryos From Fertility Procedures For Stem Cell Research In May 2005, Romney Said He Had No Ethical Problem With Surplus IVF Embryos Being Used For“Research And Experimentation.”

FOX’s CHRIS WALLACE: “[S]pecifically, you don’t see, as I understand it,the use of these leftover embryos in fertility clinics as destroying life?” ROMNEY: “That’s right. I believe that when a couple gets together and decides that they want to bring a child into the Earth, and they go to a fertility clinic to do so, and if they’re going to be through that process a leftover embryo or two, that they should be able to decide whether to preserve that embryo for future use or to destroy it; to have it put up for adoption or potentially to be used for research and experimentation, hopefully leading to the cure of disease. And so for me, that’s where the line is drawn. Those surplus embryos from fertility clinics can be used for research.”

(Fox’s “Fox News Sunday,” 5/22/05)

Romney:

[I] can’t imagine politics or ambition for anyone would stand in the way with doing what they think is right for the family of humankind on an issue like this.”

(Fox’s “Fox News Sunday,” 5/22/05

Advertisements
Explore posts in the same categories: Politics

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: