McCain’s Opposition Research – Part 21

Via or from BuzzFeed comes an opposition research file compiled by the McCain campaign in 2008.  The document is 194 pages long.  Pages 27 – 34  had two documents of different font size, one overlaying the other.  This post begins  in the middle of page 63 and ends in the of page 69.

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

Romney “Has Fallen Short”  On Issues Of Economic Development And Job Creation.

“Paul Harrington, An Economist At The Center For Labor Market Studies At Northeastern University,Agreed That Romney, With A Strong Business Background, Has Fallen Short On The Issue Of Economic Development.”

(Brian C. Mooney, “Criticizing Romney On Jobs, Patrick Often Stretches The Truth,” The Boston Globe, 10/25/06)


Harrington:  “We elected a business guy, but he did not undertake the economic business of the state…”

(Brian C. Mooney, “Criticizing Romney On Jobs, Patrick Often Stretches The Truth,” The Boston Globe, 10/25/06)

Harrington: “I think you’ve got to just say that on the development side, we didn’t get the job done in the state.”

(Stephanie Ebbert, “Bay State Exodus Second Only To New York,”  The Boston Globe, 4/20/06)

Harrington:  “We’re among the poorest performing states in the country in terms of our ability to recover[economically]. The state of Rhode Island did pretty well over this period of time. They had a governor down there that worked hard at the business of job creation …”

(Stephanie Ebbert, “Bay State Exodus Second Only To New York,” The Boston Globe, 4/20/06)

Waltham Daily News Tribune:  “For All Mitt Romney’s Capitalist Credentials, His Administration Didn’tBring Home Many Jobs.”

(Editorial, “Patrick Tabs A Permitting ‘Ombudsman,’” The [Waltham]Daily News Tribune, 1/25/07)


Nation Has Added Jobs At Four Times Rate Of Massachusetts Since Third Quarter Of 2003.

“Since the third quarter of 2003, the nation has added jobs at four times the rate Massachusetts did, said [Northeastern University economist Paul] Harrington.”

(Stephanie Ebbert, “Bay State Exodus Second Only To New York,” The Boston Globe, 4/20/06)

MassachusettsHas “Become An Underperformer In Job Creation.”

“Massachusetts remains a magnet for research funds and venture capital, but it’s become an under performer in job creation. And while the state continues to lead in many categories of research and development, other technology-oriented states are closing the gap. Those were some of the conclusions from the 10th annual Index of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy, set to be released today by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative’s John Adams Innovation Institute, a state-chartered group focused on the knowledge economy.”

(Robert Weisman, “Report Calls Mass. A New-Jobs Laggard,” The Boston Globe, 12/18/06)

Under Romney, Massachusetts Lost Major Employers Like Gillette And Fleet While Others Cut Jobs.   Romney Blasted For Not Living Up To Campaign Promises As Major Employers Left State.

“[Romney]bragged as CEO he’d bring corporations and jobs to Massachusetts and belittled Shannon O’Brien for not knowing what he knew. While Mr. CEO was governor, major employers such as Gillette, Hancock, Fleet, Reebok were bought by out-of-town goliaths.”

(Dan Payne, Op-Ed, “Memo To Candidates For Governor, Re: Debate,” The Boston Globe,5/18/06)

During 2002 Campaign, Romney Said “I Speak The Language Of Business,” Pledged To Meet With CEOs And “Fight For Every Job.”

“‘I speak the language of business,’ Mitt Romney assured voters on his campaign stops. This candidate said he would hit the road, reaching out to his fellow titans of commerce. He would meet with CEOs. He would sell the Massachusetts business climate. He would ‘fight for every job.’”

(Adrian Walker, Op-Ed, “Jobs Pledge Looks Broken,” The Boston Globe, 3/22/04)

Romney In 2002: “I’m Looking Forward To Being The State’s Most Active Salesman.”

“My background in business means that most of my career I’ve been out asking companies for money – buy my product, buy my service, be my sponsor at the Olympics … I’m looking forward to being the state’s most active salesman,out there banging on doors, come to Massachusetts, look what we have for you, come use our convention center, come locate your factory here, here’s how we’ll get you in here.”

(Tom Benner, “Campaign 2002,”  The Patriot Ledger, 5/29/02)


Boston Herald:  “No Longer Can Boston Be Called A True Corporate-Headquarters Town. … The Reason: There Are Simply Too Few Of Those Jobs Around. And Too Few Large Companies.”

“That’s it. Yesterday’s announcement that Adidas is buying Reebok – after a slew of other takeovers of major Hub-area public corporations – marks a ‘paradigm shift’ in Boston’s historic economic profile and the very nature of its work force,economists and business leaders agree. No longer can Boston be called a true corporate-headquarters town. No longer is it as attractive a place for many university graduates to stay if they aspire to middle-management and top-echelon executive jobs – from human resources to accounting positions – within major public corporations.The reason: There are simply too few of those jobs around. And too few large companies.”

(Jay Fitzgerald, “Paradigm Shift For Boston’s Economy,” Boston Herald, 8/4/05)


In 2006, Boston-Based Fidelity Investments Announced It Would Move 1,500 Jobs Out Of Massachusetts.

“Fidelity Investments said yesterday it plans to move up to 1,500 jobs out of Massachusetts by 2008, a step likely to reignite a regional development rivalry among New England states. Fidelity spokeswoman Anne Crowley said the mutual-fund giant told roughly 800 employees of its personal investments group that their jobs will move to locations in Rhode Island in stages by 2008.”

(Ross Kerber, “Fidelity To Shift Jobs From State,” The Boston Globe, 1/6/06)


In 2005, Cincinnati-Based Procter & Gamble Bought Gillette, 6,000 MA Job Cuts Expected.

“Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble’s $57 billion deal to buy Gillette, a century-old corporate mainstay in Boston, has brought together such brands as P&G’s Tide detergent, Crest toothpaste and Pampers diapers with Gillette’s razors and Duracell batteries. The deal, which closed Oct. 1, is expected to lead to 6,000 job cuts across the combined company’s work force of 140,000, with some of the reductions likely to come at Gillette’s Boston headquarters.”

(Mark Jewell, “Deal making Continued To Dominate State’s Business News In 2005,” The Associated Press, 12/26/05)


Romney Reacts: “That’s Very Unfortunate.”

“I understand that there are going to be a lot of job losses.That’s very unfortunate … I wish I had the power to prevent this acquisition from occurring. I don’t.”

(Ann E. Donlan, “Biz-Savvy Gov: Merger Is ‘Real Shame’ For Workers,” Boston Herald, 2/29/05)


In 2003, Charlotte-Based Bank Of America Bought Fleet Boston.

“Boston will lose its last major hometown bank once a $47 billion deal made public yesterday closes and Bank of America walks off with Fleet Boston Financial Corp. That rattled political leaders from City Hall to the State House yesterday, while rumors of  major job cuts quickly began circulating inside Fleet. Bank of America, of Charlotte, N.C., said it had agreed to buy

Boston-based Fleet, New England’s largest bank, for $45 a share, a nearly 42 percent premium over Fleet’s closing price of $31.80 Friday.”

(Jon Chesto, “Fleet Sale Surprises Hub,” Boston Herald, 10/28/03)



  • Romney has no foreign policy experience.
  • Though generally described as a supporter of the president’s policy in Iraq, Romney came under fire in April2007 for advocating “secret” withdrawal timetable similar to proposal by Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR).
  • In June 2007, Romney stepped up his criticism of the Bush Administration’s Iraq policy by publicly denouncing the White House’s comparison of future troop presence in Iraq to our current presence in South Korea.
  • Romney hedged on endorsing troop surge and has been criticized for not talking enough about Iraq.
  • During June 2006 presidential debate, Romney incorrectly claimed weapons inspectors were not allowed to enter Iraq before the 2003 U.S. invasion.
  • When Romney finally endorsed the president’s troop surge proposal, he unintentionally endorsed larger surge than was proposed by calling for extra regiment in Anbar province.
  • Romney said capturing Osama bin Laden would result in “very insignificant increase in safety” for America and such effort was “not worth moving heaven and earth and spending billions of dollars” to catch one person.
  • After calling for economic divestment from Iran, Romney was embarrassed by revelation that the Italian branch of Bain & Company – firm where Romney started as young consultant and served as CEO in early‘90s – received $2.3 million contract from National Iranian Oil Company in 2004.
  • Bain Capital, the private equity firm that made Romney his fortune, currently owns a chemicals and paint company called Sigma Kalon that operates an office in Tehran.
  • Romney has made favorable comments about plan offered by Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) to split Iraq into thirds.
  • Romney has proposed doubling the size of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and supports “enhanced interrogation techniques.”
  • Romney called Cuban president Fidel Castro a “monster” and has taken hard line against the dictator, but mistakenly employed signature Castro slogan while speaking to largely Hispanic audience in Miami this year.
  • Romney praised 2005 plan by Citgo Petroleum Corp. – ultimately controlled by the Venezuelan government and President Hugo Chavez – to provide low-income Massachusetts residents with discounted heating oil.


Romney’s Foreign Affairs Resume Is Extremely Thin, Leading To Credibility Problems Romney “Lacks Any Background In The Military Or Foreign Policy.”

“Though Romney has devotedconsiderable time in the campaign to national security – including a major speech Thursday in New York City onthe threat of nuclear terrorism – the one-term governor lacks any background in the military or foreign policy.”

(Jonathan Martin, “McCain Hits Romney On Bin Laden Comment,”, 4/28/07)


Romney Traveled Extensively In 2006 – Including Self-Funded Asian Trip – To Burnish Foreign PolicyCredentials.

“Earlier this month [Romney] made a political trip through the South, before using personal money tofund a fact-finding trip to Japan, South Korea and China. He added to his foreign credentials this year with trips toGuantanamo Bay, Cuba, Iraq and Afghanistan.”

(Glen Johnson, “Romney Set For Presidential Announcement,” The Associated Press, 12/22/06)

In December 2006 Trip To China, Romney “Stumbled Over Relatively Straightforward GeopoliticalIssues,” Did Not Know Value Of Chinese Currency.

“The students asked Romney about his potential presidential run, his views on Iraq, and banking and trade issues. At times, Romney stumbled over relatively straight forward geopolitical issues:  Romney had to ask the US Embassy staff accompanying him the value of the Chinese renminbi to the US dollar, despite the fact that this is one of the hottest economic issues between Washington and Beijing.”

(Jehangir S. Pocha, “Romney Tries Political Hand In China,” The Boston Globe, 12/9/06)

The Associated Press  Noted “Perilous Results” Of Romney’s “Checklist” Approach To Foreign Policy.

“As Mitt Romney transitions from one-term governor to presidential candidate, he has been ticking through a presidential checklist, sometimes with perilous results. Where he lacked foreign policy experience, his staff arranged one-day visits to Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Check, check, check.”

(Glen Johnson,“Romney Finds Peril As He Works Through Presidential Checklist,” The Associated Press, 3/25/07)

Romney Refers To Current Affairs Books He Has Read When Discussing His Evaluation Of Iraq War.

“[W]e had major problems in the way we managed the war … It was under planned, under prepared, understaffed,too low a level of troops, under managed. … [I]f you read Cobra II and Assassins Gate and Looming Tower and some of the reports of events leading up not only to 9/11 but to the conflict itself, there’s a sense that we weren’t ready for the post-major conflict period. And that has resulted in a blossoming of the sectarian violence, of insurgents…”

(ABC’s “This Week,” 2/18/07)

The Economist  Noted No Enthusiasm For Foreign Policy Speech At Bush Presidential Library,Suggesting Romney “Think About Sending Every Registered Voter A Dollar.”

“Mr Romney’s campaign has so far failed to bewitch Republican primary voters. This much was clear at a speech on April 10th at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Centre in College Station, Texas. George Bush senior was there to introduce Mr Romney to a sympathetic audience. The candidate spoke well and looked nicely presidential, but his reception was merely warm. Right now Mr Romney needs attention and fans more than money. Perhaps he should think about sending every registered voter a dollar.”

(“Mitt The Moneymaker,” The Economist, 4/12/07)

Romney Received Vietnam Draft Deferment Due To Mission Abroad And Subsequent Student Exemption,Then Drew High Number Before Student Deferment Expired Romney Received 30-Month Deferment Due To Mormon Mission Plus Three-Year Student Exemption – He Insisted His Father, Then Governor Of Michigan, Had No Influence Over His Status.

“GOP Senate candidate W. Mitt Romney received a two-and-a-half year draft deferment as a Mormon missionary, in addition to a nearly three-year student exemption, during the Vietnam War, federal records show. … There is no evidence that Romney, whose father was governor of Michigan from 1962-68, received any special treatment to avoid the draft,or to procure the two-and-a-half year missionary assignment in France.”

(Joe Battenfeld, “GOP Senate Hopeful Romney Got Draft Deferment For Vietnam,” The Boston Herald, 5/2/94)

Romney: “Nothing Wrong” With The Deferments.

“I didn’t go on a mission to avoid the draft … There was nothing wrong with (the deferments). I followed the process like any other kid … I never asked my dad in anyway to be involved with the draft board.”

(Joe Battenfeld, “GOP Senate Hopeful Romney Got Draft Deferment For Vietnam,” The Boston Herald, 5/2/94)

“Romney Said He Initially Believed The Vietnam War ‘Was Being Fought For The Right Purposes,’ He Later Realized ‘I Was Wrong.’”

(Joe Battenfeld, “GOP Senate Hopeful Romney Got Draft Deferment For Vietnam,” The Boston Herald, 5/2/94)

Romney “Acknowledged He Did Not Have Any Desire To Serve In The Military During His College And Missionary Days.”

“Romney, however, acknowledged he did not have any desire to serve in the military during his college and missionary days, especially after he married and became a father.  ‘I was not planning on signing up for the military,’ he said. ‘It was not my desire to go off and serve in Vietnam, but nor did I take any actions to remove myself from the pool of young men who were eligible for the draft.  If drafted, I would have been happy to serve, and if I didn’t get drafted I was happy to be with my wife and new child.’”

(Joe Battenfeld, “GOP Senate Hopeful Romney Got Draft Deferment For Vietnam,”

The Boston Herald, 5/2/94)

As Presidential Candidate, Romney Now Says He “Felt Guilty About The Draft Deferment” He Received For Going On Religious Mission To France.

“The closest he has ever come to a personal religious crisis, he recalls, was when he was in college and considering whether to go off on a mission, as his grandfather, father and brother had done. Mitt was deeply in love with Ann, his high school sweetheart and future wife, and couldn’t bear to spend more than two years away from her. He says he also felt guilty about the draft deferment he would get for it, when other young men his age were heading for Vietnam.”

(Karen Tumulty, “What Romney Believes,” Time, 5/21/07)

Romney Became Eligible For Draft In 1969 But Drew High Number.

“Romney became eligible for the Selective Service’s first draft lottery in Dec. 1969, and received number 300, virtually ensuring he would not be drafted when his student deferment expired in Dec. 1970. Only those who got up to 195 were taken for service.Without the missionary exemption, Romney’s undergraduate deferment could have expired in 1969, several months before the lottery was held. But Romney said the missionary deferment had no effect on his draft status because after receiving his undergraduate degree, he would have continued on to law school, resulting in more deferments.”

(Joe Battenfeld, “GOP Senate Hopeful Romney Got Draft Deferment For Vietnam,” The Boston Herald, 5/2/94)

Romney’s Exempt Status Expired In Late 1970, But High Draft Number From Previous Year Ensured He Would Not Go To Vietnam.

“Romney’s five-year exempt status expired in late 1970, but he was not drafted because he had drawn a high lottery number the previous year, according to Selective Service records. …Romney, who had a student deferment as a freshman at Stanford University, got a ‘4-D’ deferment, as a ‘minister of religion or divinity student,’ in July 1966 when he entered the missionary program, Selective Service records show. He returned from his missionary assignment in late 1968 and got another student deferment in 1969 when he enrolled at Brigham Young University.”

(Joe Battenfeld, “GOP Senate Hopeful Romney Got Draft Deferment For Vietnam,” The Boston Herald, 5/2/94)


Romney Has Generally Been Described As A Supporter Of President Bush’s Iraq Policy

Romney Declines To Say Iraq Invasion Was Correct Course Of Action, But Added “I’m Not Going To Second Guess The Decision.”

FOX’s  SEAN HANNITY: “So your position on Iraq, it was right to go in. …”ROMNEY: “Well, I’m not going to second guess the decision going in, based on what we knew at the time. We believed they had weapons of mass destruction. We were almost certain they did. And it turns out that apparently they didn’t. So we put that aside. … Then began the process of trying to bring stability to the country and that we didn’t do so well.”

(Fox News’ “Hannity & Colmes, 4/4/07)

“Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, A Potential Republican Presidential Candidate, Said … He Supports The Way President Bush Has Carried Out The War In Iraq.”

(“Romney Backs Bush Handling Of Iraq War,” Boston Herald, 12/21/06)

Romney Slammed Senate Democrats’ 2007 Proposal To Defund The Iraq War.

“[I]t’s a terrible idea. …No one likes the fact that we’re still in Iraq. Everybody wants our troops home as soon as they possibly can be home. But people who have studied it very carefully and put politics aside recognize that if we simply withdraw ona precipitous basis, we open a risk of a very substantial nature to America’s interests. … These are the consequences of improper departure from Iraq, and so we have to make sure that we manage to the extent humanly possible this process to maintain order and a decree of stability we don’t let this country to fall incomplete and total collapse.”

(Fox News’ “Hannity & Colmes, 4/4/07)
Romney Said “We Made A Lot Of Mistakes” In Iraq, Calling Current Situation A “Mess” But Affirming Necessity Of Keeping Troops There.

“The people in Congress, and the people of America have to recognize that you’ve got to separate our disappointment and, in some cases, anger with where we are in Iraq. We made a lot of mistakes. … [T]he war has not been conducted perfectly by any means. We are, to a certain degree,responsible for the mess we find ourselves in. But as long as there’s a reasonable probability that a pathway exists for us to maintain a central government in Iraq, with a central military, albeit with strong sub-states, that’s a pathway which is in the best interest of America.”

(Fox News’ “Hannity & Colmes, 4/4/07)

April 2007: Asked If We Are Winning In Iraq, Romney Said “It Depends On How You Define That.”

“Asked ifwe are winning the war, Romney said that ‘it depends on how you define that.’ He described the current phase ofthe conflict as nation building.”

(Mary Beth Schneider, “Romney Blasts Reid For Remarks On Iraq,” Indianapolis Star, 4/21/07)

June 2007: Asked If Iraq Invasion Was Mistake Knowing What We Now Know, Romney Called The Question “A Non-Sequitur … Or A Null Set” And An “Unreasonable Hypothetical,” Adding: “We Did What We Did.”

QUESTION: “Governor, thank you, but the question was, knowing what you know right now – not what you knew then, what you know right now – was it a mistake for the United States to invade Iraq?” ROMNEY:“Well, I answered the question by saying it’s a non-sequitur. It’s a non – null set kind of question, because you can go back and say, ‘If we knew then what we know now, by virtue of inspectors having been let in and giving us that information, by virtue of if Saddam Hussein had followed the U.N. resolutions,’ we wouldn’t be having thisdiscussion. So it’s a hypothetical that I think is an unreasonable hypothetical. And the answer is: We did what wedid. We did the right thing based on what we knew at that time. I think we made mistakes following the conduct orthe collapse of Saddam’s government.”

(Mitt Romney, CNN Republican Presidential Candidates Debate, Manchester, NH, 6/5/07)

In June 2007, Romney “Increased His Criticism” Of Bush Administration Policy In Iraq Romney “Rejected” Bush Administration’s Vision Of Long-Term Troop Presence In Iraq As Being Similar To South Korea, Saying It Sent The Wrong Message.

“Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on Thursday rejected the Bush administration’s vision of a decades-long U.S. troop presence in Iraq akin to South Korea and suggested a need for public benchmarks to gauge progress. … Romney said the comparison sends the wrong message. ‘We have communicated to the people in the region and the country that we’re not looking to have a permanent presence in Iraq and I don’t think we want to communicate that we were just kidding about that,’ he said.”

(Liz Sidoti, “Romney At Odds With Bush Administration On Decades-Long U.S. Presence In Iraq,” The Associated Press,6/8/07)

Romney:  “Our objective would not be a Korea-type setting with 25-50,000 troops on a near permanent basis remaining in bases in Iraq … I think we would hope to turn Iraq security over to their own military and their own security forces, and if presence in the region is important for us than we have other options that are nearby.”

(Liz Sidoti, “Romney At Odds With Bush Administration On Decades-Long U.S. Presence In Iraq,” The Associated Press,6/8/07)

“[Romney] Has Increased His Criticism Of How The Administration Waged The War And Handled The Invasion’s Aftermath.”

(Liz Sidoti, “Romney At Odds With Bush Administration On Decades-Long U.S. Presence In Iraq,” The Associated Press, 6/8/07)

Romney Noted U.S. Bases In Nearby Countries While Saying We Should Maintain “Presence In The Region” While Avoiding Specter Of Occupation.

“Romney noted that the U.S. has bases in Saudi Arabia,Kuwait and Qatar, and said: ‘We can have a presence in the region, but I think that at this time we need to exercise care not to communicate to insurgents something that they can use to say “Ah ha! America does intend to be an occupier forever!”‘“

(Liz Sidoti, “Romney At Odds With Bush Administration On Decades-Long U.S. Presence In Iraq,” The Associated Press, 6/8/07)

In April 2007, Romney Came Under Fire For Advocating “Secret” Withdrawal Timetable Similar To Proposal By Democrat Senator

In Early April, Romney Endorsed A Private “Series Of Timetables And Milestones.”

ABC’S ROBIN ROBERTS: “Do you believe there should be a timetable in withdrawing the troops?” ROMNEY: “Well, there’s no question but that the president and Prime Minister Maliki have to have a series of timetables and milestones that they speak about. But those shouldn’t be for public pronouncement. You don’t want the enemy to understand how long they have to wait in the weeds until you’re going to be gone.”

(ABC’s “Good Morning America,” 4/3/07)

Romney: “[O]f Course You Have To Work Together To Create Timetables And Milestones, But You Don’t Do It With The Opposition.”

(ABC’s “Good Morning America,” 4/3/07)

Romney’s Plan “Bears Some Striking Similarities To An Idea Hatched And Endorsed By Democratic Senator Mark Pryor, D-Arkansas.”

“[Romney’s] call this morning for a set of timetables for withdrawal from Iraq – private timetables unknown to the public – bears some striking similarities to an idea hatched and endorsed by Democratic Senator Mark Pryor, D-Arkansas.”

(Z. Byron Wolf, “ABC News Political Radar” Blog, “Echoes Of Pryor In Romney Plan,”, 4/3/07)

Pryor Has “Been Alone” And “Drawn Skepticism.”

“Pryor has been alone in his calls for a classified timetable and has drawn skepticism from the reporters who wrote about them, as well as his Democratic and Republican colleagues who would not support them.”

(Z. Byron Wolf, “ABC News Political Radar” Blog, “Echoes Of Pryor In Romney Plan,”, 4/3/07)

Presidential Candidate Duncan Hunter (R) – Former Chairman Of House Armed Services Committee –Blasted Romney’s Comments.

“Romney is absolutely wrong in recommending a secret timetable. … Secret timetables are bad because in the end they all become public and the enemy uses them to estimate the limit on America’s endurance.”

(Teddy Davis, “ABC News Political Radar” Blog, “Romney ‘Absolutely Wrong’ On ‘Secret’ Timetables, Hunter Says,”, 4/3/07)

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