McCain’s Opposition Research – Part 13


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 page 25 to page 29.  This may not be complete or there may be some duplication left.  Pages 27, 28 and 29 had two documents of different font size, one overlaying the other.

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

Romney Has Been Criticized By Conservatives For Trying To Have It Both Ways On Stem Cell Issue

2007: Romney Campaign Told Conservative Blog Romney Supports Research Methods “That Do Not Destroy The Embryo.”

“Here’s what [Romney’s] press office told me as to what his official position is: ‘Governor Romney supports using adult stem cells and other alternative methods that do not destroy the embryo. Governor Romney supports stem cell research but opposes scientifically creating life “cloning” for medical research.’”

(David Brody, “Romney on Stem Cells,”  The Brody File Blog, http://www.cbn.com, 1/16/07)

Claim: Romney Has Opposed “Embryo Destructive Research.”

“Governor Romney supports adult stem cell research but has opposed efforts to advance embryo destructive research in Massachusetts and he hasnot supported public funding for embryo destructive research.”

(Romney For President Exploratory Committee, PressRelease, 2/5/07)

But Romney Supports Research On Surplus Human Embryos From In-Vitro Fertilization, Which Destroys The Embryo.

“Stem cell research does not require the cloning of human embryos. Some stem cells today are obtained from surplus embryos from in-vitro fertilization. I support that research, provided that those embryos are obtained after a rigorous parental consent process that includes adoption as an alternative.”

(Mitt Romney, Op-Ed,“The Problem With The Stem Cell Bill,”  The Boston Globe, 3/6/05)

Group Founded By Phyllis Schlafly Noted Romney’s “Mixed Signals” On Stem Cell Research.

“Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is being touted by some as a potential 2008 presidential candidate. Again,we have a politician who has recently sent mixed signals as to where he stands on the life issues. He likes to say he is ‘pro-life.’ However, while he says he opposes the cloning of human embryos, he supports using embryos generated in IVF clinics for experimentation – a distinction without a difference. An embryo is an embryo, period!”

(Republican National Coalition For Life, “RNC For Life Report,” Spring 2006)

Republican National Coalition For Life: “Mitt Romney’s Position On Embryonic Stem Cell Research Is Not Pro-Life, And No One Should Say That It Is.”

(Republican National Coalition For Life’s “Fax Notes,” 2/3/07)

Boston Globe  Noted Romney’s Tendency To Want It Both Ways On Stem Cell Issue.

“Governor Mitt Romney’s national fund-raising operation sent a mass mailing to Republican Party leaders and elected officials in17 states this month … The letter … highlights his opposition to the ‘human cloning’ provision of the stem cell bill the Legislature recently approved, without noting that Romney himself supports research on surplus embryos from fertility clinics, which anti abortion groups oppose.”

(Scott Greenberger, “Committee Promotes Romney Record,”  The Boston Globe, 6/17/05)

Romney Flip-Flopped On Importance Of Stem Cell Research To Massachusetts Biotech Industry In 2002, Romney Spokesman Claimed Biotech Industry Depended On Stem Cell Research.

“‘Mitt Romney supports stem cell research,’ said Eric Fehrnstrom, the governor-elect’s spokesman. ‘He believes the growth of our biotech industry at least partially depends on this type of research…’”

(Jeffrey Krasner, “Bill Aims To Foster Stem Cell Work,”  The Boston Globe, 12/4/02)

In 2005, Romney Claimed Biotech Industry Did Not Depend On Stem Cell Research.

“Some fear that,without cloning, Massachusetts biotech could fall behind other states. That is not the case. Only 3 percent of the biotech companies nationwide are doing stem cell research of any kind. The figure is even smaller inMassachusetts.”

(Mitt Romney, Op-Ed, “The Problem With The Stem Cell Bill,”  The Boston Globe, 3/6/05)

GAY RIGHTS

Romney Is Strong Opponent Of Gay Marriage, Claims States Should Have Ultimate Say Romney “Favors States Being Able To Define Marriage As Being Between A Man And A Woman.”

“He later told reporters that, while he favors states being able to define marriage as being between a man and a woman, he wouldn’t tell them what to do when it comes to domestic partner benefits.   ‘I don’t have a problem with gay people being able to visit one another in the hospital, he said.”

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

In 2006, Romney Called McCain “Disingenuous” For Saying Gay Marriage Should Be Decided By The States.

“McCain … on Sunday told ABC News:  ‘I believe that the issue of gay marriage should be decided by the states.’ … ‘That’s his position, and in my opinion, it’s disingenuous,’ [Romney] said. ‘Look, if somebody says they’re in favor of gay marriage, I respect that view. If someone says – like I do – that I oppose same–sexmarriage, I respect that view. But those who try and pretend to have it both ways, I find it to be disingenuous.’”

(Bill Sammon, “Romney: ‘I’m A Conservative Republican,’”  The Examiner, 11/21/06)

In 2007, Three Of Romney’s Own Massachusetts Supporters Voted Against Sending Gay Marriage Ban To Voters In Form Of Constitutional Amendment.

Three Massachusetts State House Republicans Who Have Endorsed Romney Voted Against Sending Gay Marriage Ban To Voters.  Romney supporters and State House Reps. Bradley Jones, Bradford Hill and Richard Ross voted against sending gay marriage ban to Massachusetts voters.

(Romney For President, “Massachusetts Leaders Endorse Governor Mitt Romney,” Press Release,www.mittromney.com, 2/15/07)

Romney Supporter Rep. Richard Ross Switched Vote From Supporting Gay Marriage Ban In January 2007 To Opposing It In June.

(“2nd Roll Call Vote On Ballot Question Proposing Gay Marriage Ban,”  The Associated Press,1/2/07)

Former Gov. Bill Weld, Who Has Endorsed Romney, Lobbied Against Sending Gay Marriage Ban To Voters Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld Endorsed Romney For President In January 2007, Serves As Campaign’s New York State Co-Chair.

“Former Massachusetts governor William F. Weld has emerged as amajor backer of Mitt Romney, despite a long friendship with Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who is a potential Romney rival in the race for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination. … Weld is co-chairman of Romney’s campaign in New York state.”

(Brian C. Mooney, “Weld Backs Romney For Oval Office,”  The Boston Globe, 1/9/07)

Weld Participated In Romney’s Debate Prep For June 5 New Hampshire Debate, Is Pictured In Wolfeboro With Romney And Top Advisors.

(Romney For President Website,http://fivebrothers.mittromney.com, 6/5/07)

Weld Strongly Opposed Putting Gay Marriage Ban On Ballot, Calling It A “Distraction.”

“Former Gov.William F. Weld … said Tuesday he hoped legislators would vote this week to kill a proposed constitutionalamendment banning gay marriage in Massachusetts. Weld, in the Statehouse on behalf of Lehman Brothers, aninvestment banking firm, said: ‘I hope it doesn’t go on the ballot.’ He said if a constitutional convention votes Thursday to allow the measure on the November 2008 ballot,  ‘I think it’s going to be a distraction for the next 18 months.’ Weld was an avid supporter of gay rights while serving as governor from 1991 to 1997, and he later attended the wedding of his former chief of staff, Kevin Smith, who is gay.”

(“Former Governor Weld Says He Hopes GayMarriage Ban Defeated,”  The Associated Press, 6/12/07)

Weld Lobbied GOP State Legislator Against Amendment Allowing Voters To Decide On Gay Marriage In State.

“With the Constitutional Convention just hours away, a proposal to allow voters to decide the future of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts was hanging by a thread in the Legislature last night. … Some unexpectedmovement could come in the Senate, where an overwhelming majority, 32 of 40 members, voted last year toblock the amendment from the ballot. Two more senators, Democrat Michael Morrissey of Quincy and Republican Robert Hedlund of Weymouth, are now saying they are reconsidering and may oppose sending the amendmentto the voters. … Some of the state’s major political figures have joined with Patrick, DiMasi, and Murray. USSenator Edward M. Kennedy has placed calls to Democratic legislators. Former governor William F. Weld, aRepublican who was an early advocate of gay rights, also reached out to at least one GOP lawmaker, placing acall to Hedlund.”

(Frank Phillips, “Tight Vote Looms On Same-Sex Marriage Lobbying Intense On Both Sides,”  The Boston Globe,6/14/07)

Weld, Who Supports Gay Marriage, Appointed Judge Who Wrote Opinion Legalizing Gay Marriage In State

Weld Appointed Judge Who Wrote Opinion Legalizing Gay Marriage In Massachusetts, Said He Was“Proud And Happy” With Her Stand On Gay Marriage.   “Weld said he was ‘proud and happy’ Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Margaret Marshall, whom he appointed, took a stand backing gay marriage so ‘we could all be here today.’”

(Ann E. Donlan, “GOP: Gay Old Party,”  Boston Herald, 6/23/04)

Weld “Supports Abortion Rights And Gay Marriage.”

(Michael Gormley, “Weld Drops Out Of New York Governor’s Race,” The Associated Press, 6/6/06)

Weld Endorsed Goodridge Decision, Later Officiated At Gay Marriage.

“In 2003, shortly after the stateSupreme Judicial Court delivered the ruling that led to the practice of gay marriage here, Weld endorsed the decision, and later officiated at a same-sex marriage.”

(Statehouse News Service, 6/12/07)

Romney Has Changed Positions On Several Gay Rights Measures, Including Gays In The Military And Employment Nondiscrimination LegislationIn 1994, Romney Claimed  “You Will Not Have Me Taking Different Positions In Different Places.”  “Outlining[‘94 GOP Senate candidate John] Lakian’s shifting positions [on gay rights] on Wednesday, Romney essentially accused his rival of talking out of both sides of his mouth.  ‘You will hear me say the same thing again and again and again and you will not have me taking different positions in different places,’ he said.”

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

That Year, Romney Endorsed Rep. Barney Frank’s Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA).

“When he challenged Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., in 1994, Romney endorsed Rep. Barney Frank’s, D-Mass., Employee Non-Discrimination Act which would have prohibited employers from making decisions about hiring, firing, promoting, or compensation based on sexual orientation.”

(Teddy Davis, “Romney Draws Fire For Shift On Gay Rights,” ABCNews’ Political Radar Blog, 4/23/07)

Romney:

“I am aware of the legislation that Barney Frank proposed and do support that and would vote in favor of that.”

(Chris Muther, “Romney: I’ll Be Better Than Ted For Gay Rights,”  Bay Windows, 8/25/94)

Romney Now Opposes ENDA.

“My experience over the past several years as governor has convinced me that ENDA would be an overly broad law that would open a litigation floodgate and unfairly penalize employers at the hands of activist judges.”

(“A Primary Factor,”  National Review Online, 12/14/06)

April 2007: Romney Is Criticized By Log Cabin Republicans After Reversing Prior Support For ENDA.

“Mitt Romney’s shifting stance on gay rights drew fire Monday from the president of the Log Cabin Republicans in advance of Tuesday’s re-introduction of the Employee Non-Discrimination Act — gay rights legislation whose main provisions Romney once supported but no longer does. ‘Gov. Romney has some explaining to do about why he suddenly and dramatically changed his position on this issue,’ Patrick Sammon, the president of the Log Cabin Republicans, tells ABC News. ‘It really raises the question about whether you can trust Mitt Romney. Whether the issue is guns, gays, abortion, or other issues, his views seem to be constantly shifting and changing.’”

(Teddy Davis,“Romney Draws Fire For Shift On Gay Rights,” ABC News’ Political Radar Blog, 4/23/07)

In 1994, Romney Called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy First Step Toward Having Gays And Lesbians “AbleTo Serve Openly And Honestly In Our Nation’s Military.”

“One issue I want to clarify concerns President Clinton’s ‘don’t ask, don’t tell, don’t pursue’ military policy. I believe that the Clinton compromise was a step in the right direction. I am also convinced that it is the first in a number of steps that will ultimately lead to gays and lesbians being able to serve openly and honestly in our nation’s military.”

(Mitt Romney, Letter To Log Cabin Republicans Of Massachusetts, 10/6/94)

Romney Now Opposes Gays Serving Openly In The Military.

“[Romney] called President Bill Clinton’s ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ military policy ‘the first of a number of steps that will ultimately lead to gays and lesbians being able to serve openly and honestly in our nation’s military.’ Romney has since backed away … from his previously expansive position on gay people in the military. On that issue, he told National Review Online, he now defers to military leaders.”

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

Romney Says He Would “Trust The Counsel Of Those In Uniform.”

“As for military policy and the ‘don’t ask,don’t tell’ policy, I trust the counsel of those in uniform who have set these policies over a dozen years ago. Iagree with President Bush’s decision to maintain this policy and I would do the same.”

(“A Primary Factor,”  National Review Online, 12/14/06)

Romney Has Expressed Past Support For Civil Union-Like Benefits For Gay Couples

In 2005, Log Cabin Republicans Asked: “What Happened To The Mitt Romney Who Ran For Governor Supporting … Civil Union-Like Benefits For Gay Couples?”

“The Log Cabin Republicans, a national gay advocacy group, said the Romney who preached tolerance during the 2002 gubernatorial campaign is fading from view. ‘What happened to the Mitt Romney who ran for governor supporting employment non-discrimination, hate crimes legislation, domestic partnerships, and civil union-like benefits for gay couples?’ said Log Cabin Massachusetts president Ken Sanchez.”

(Steve LeBlanc, “Massachusetts’ Romney Is The Latest Republican Governor With A Wandering Political Eye,”

The Associated Press, 3/3/05)

Roll Call’s Mort Kondracke:

“[Romney] pretty clearly was in favor of something like Vermont-style civil unions, which he now denies that he was in favor.”

(Fox News’ “Special Report,” 12/13/06)

In 2003, Washington Times Reported Romney “Would Support A Vermont-Style Civil Union Law In Massachusetts.”

“Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said yesterday he was ready to work with lawmakers to craft a ‘civil union’-style law to give some marriage rights to homosexual couples, even though he also supports a constitutional amendment to preserve traditional marriage. … Mr. Romney yesterday told TV news stations that he would support a Vermont-style civil union law in Massachusetts…”

(Cheryl Wetzstein, “Romney Pursues Law On Gay Unions,”  The Washington Times, 11/20/03)

2003: Romney Said Health Coverage Benefits And Hospital Visitation Rights Should Be Provided To Gay Couples.

“The governor denounced the court ruling and came out strongly against gay marriage, promising to support the Defense of Marriage Act … He repeated his position yesterday to a far wider audience on NBC’s ‘Today’ and ABC’s ‘Good Morning America.’ … A few hours later, Romney seemed to modify his position, telling reporters that he believes the court would allow some version of civil unions to be approved instead of outright gay marriage. He has not provided a full list of what rights and benefits he believes the civil unions should carrywith them, but has said health coverage and hospital visitation rights should be included.”

(Rick Klein, “Image On The Line, Romney Treads Carefully,”  The Boston Globe, 11/20/03)

In 2002, Romney Promised To Make Gay Partnership Benefits “Hallmark Of My Leadership As Governor.”

“Romney, who opposes both civil unions and gay marriage, said he will make domestic partner benefits a‘hallmark of my leadership as governor.’”

(Stephanie Ebbert, “Romney: Religion Should Not Be Campaign Issue,”  The Boston Globe, 10/18/02)

“Republican Mitt Romney Opposes Civil Unions, But Supports Domestic Partnership Laws That Would Give Gay Couples Access To Health Benefits And Survivorship Rights.”

(Joanna Weiss, “Reich Supports Gay Right To Marry,”  The Boston Globe, 6/22/02)

Fox News’ Carl Cameron, Circa 2002: Romney Supports Civil Unions.

CAMERON: “[Shannon] O’Brien, thestate treasurer, also says she is personally opposed to gay marriage and will instead push to legalize so-calledcivil unions, which are now only recognized in neighboring Vermont. The Republican candidate also supports civilunions, but billionaire businessman Mitt Romney, chief of the last Winter Olympics, says O’Brien wants it bothways.”

(Fox News’ “Special Report,” 10/16/02)

Romney Has Said In Past He Would Attend Gay Marriages Himself If Invited

In 2004, Romney “Said He Would Attend Gay Weddings If Invited.”

“Even so, there wasn’t much opponents could do to stop this week’s weddings. Gov. Mitt Romney – a Republican who leans conservative on social issues, even in this most Democratic of states – fought the November court decision approving same-sex marriages. He then pushed for a constitutional amendment to ban them. … A weary Romney seemed resigned to the inevitable last week: he said he would attend gay weddings if invited.”

(Debra Rosenberg, “The ‘Will & Grace’ Effect,”  Newsweek, 5/24/04)

Romney Claims To Find Discrimination Against Gays “Offensive” But Reportedly Called Homosexuality  “Perverse” At Church Gathering Prior To His 1994 Senate RaceIn 1994, Romney “Went Out Of His Way” To Court Homosexual Community.

“One group [Romney] went outof his way to court [in 1994] was the gay rights community. While he noted that he opposed same-sex marriage,Romney said that ‘certain benefits and privileges should be offered to gay couples and lesbian couples.’Acknowledging that Kennedy had a strong record on sexual-orientation issues, Romney said his GOP identitygave his words extra weight. … He said he would push gay rights issues if elected. ‘I think the gay communityneeds more support from the Republican Party, and I would be a voice in the Republican Party to foster anti-discrimination efforts,’ he said then.”

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

Romney Claimed He’d Have Been More Effective On Gay Rights Than Ted Kennedy.

“Twelve years ago,Romney boasted that he would be more effective in fighting discrimination against gay men and lesbians than you have a family and you’re happy with your family. That’s the American way. … People can live their lives asthey choose and children can be a great source of joy, as you know. And I welcome that.’”

(“N.H. Woman Challenges Romney On Gay Marriage,”  The Associated Press, 6/6/07)

Romney Said Scenario Such As “Gay Couples Raising Kids” Was “The American Way, To Have People Have Their Freedom Of Choice.”

“The former Massachusetts governor acknowledged otherscenarios that raise children. ‘There are other ways to raise kids that’s fine: single moms, grandparentsraising kids, gay couples raising kids. That’s the American way, to have people have their freedom of choice, he said.”

(“N.H. Woman Challenges Romney On Gay Marriage,”  The Associated Press, 6/6/07)

Romney Previously Expressed Support For Gay Parental Rights In June 2005.

ROMNEY: “There will be children born to same-sex couples, and adopted by same-sex couples, and I believe that there should be rights and privileges associated with those unions and with the children that are part of those unions.”

(Mitt Romney, Press Conference, 6/15/05)

But In February 2005, Romney Railed Against Gay Parents In Speech To SC Republican Audience, Saying “Some Are Actually Having Children Born To Them … It’s Not Right On Paper. It’s Not Right In Fact.”

“On gay marriage, Romney vilified the Supreme Judicial Court for striking ‘a blow against the family.’ ‘Today, same-sex couples are marrying under the law in Massachusetts,’ Romney said, stressing the word ‘marrying.’ ‘Some are actually having children born to them.’ To thunderous applause from the Spartanburg Republican audience,he said, ‘It’s not right on paper. It’s not right in fact. Every child has the right to have a mother and a father.’”

(DavidGuarino, “Mitt’s Gay-Wed Stance Hits Carolina Chord,”  Boston Herald, 2/22/05)

Romney In South Carolina, Circa February 2005:

“Today same-sex couples are marrying under the law in Massachusetts. Some are actually having children born to them. We’ve been asked to change their birth certificates to remove the phrase mother and father and replace it with parent A and parent B. It’s not right on paper. It’s not right in fact.”

(ABC’s “This Week,” 2/18/07)

National Journal:  “[Romney] has used the specter of gay parents to play up to conservative audiences.”

(Marc Ambinder, “Journey To The Right,”  National Journal, 2/10/07)

February 2007: Romney Would Not Answer Question On Whether Or Not He Supported Gay Adoption.

ABC’s GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: “[I]n 2005 in South Carolina you actually seemed to mock the idea ofgays and lesbians adopting and bearing children. … Are you for [gay adoption]?” ROMNEY: [T]here are gay couples that are having – that are having children of their own. And that’s – obviously, that’s their right. But my belief is that the ideal setting for a child is where there’s a mom and dad.”

(ABC’s “This Week,” 2/18/07)

Romney Has Said In Past He Would Attend Gay Marriages Himself If Invited In 2004, Romney “Said He Would Attend Gay Weddings If Invited.”

“Even so, there wasn’t much opponents could do to stop this week’s weddings. Gov. Mitt Romney – a Republican who leans conservative on social issues, even in this most Democratic of states – fought the November court decision approving same-sex marriages. He then pushed for a constitutional amendment to ban them. … A weary Romney seemed resigned to the inevitable last week: he said he would attend gay weddings if invited.”

(Debra Rosenberg, “The ‘Will & Grace’ Effect,”  Newsweek, 5/24/04)

Romney Claims To Find Discrimination Against Gays “Offensive” But Reportedly Called Homosexuality“Perverse” At Church Gathering Prior To His 1994 Senate RaceIn 1994, Romney “Went Out Of His Way” To Court Homosexual Community.

“One group [Romney] went out of his way to court [in 1994] was the gay rights community. While he noted that he opposed same-sex marriage,Romney said that ‘certain benefits and privileges should be offered to gay couples and lesbian couples.’Acknowledging that Kennedy had a strong record on sexual-orientation issues, Romney said his GOP identity gave his words extra weight. … He said he would push gay rights issues if elected. ‘I think the gay community needs more support from the Republican Party, and I would be a voice in the Republican Party to foster anti-discrimination efforts,’ he said then.”

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

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