McCain’s Opposition Research – Part 30

Via or from BuzzFeed comes an opposition research file compiled by the McCain campaign in 2008.  The document is 194 pages long.  This post begins  at the top of page 116 and ends near the middle of pg 121.

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



Romney And Sen. Ted Kennedy Were Leading Opponents Of Cape Wind Project In Nantucket Sound Romney Teamed With Ted Kennedy – Whose Family Compound Has View Of Proposed Wind Farm Site –To Oppose Cape Wind Project.

“[G]overnor Romney, a Republican, has sided with U.S. Sen. Edward M.Kennedy, a Democrat, in opposition to the project. The Kennedy family’s Hyannisport compound has a view of the proposed site.”

(Rachel Lane, “Cape Project May Set Precedent For Offshore Wind Power,”  The Providence Journal, 8/14/05)


“Governor Mitt Romney And Senator Edward M. Kennedy Oppose The Project, Although Both Say They Are In Favor Of Wind Power.”

(Beth Daley, “EPA Deals Setback To Wind Farm Plan,” The Boston Globe, 2/26/05)


“Romney Has Been A Leading Opponent Of The Wind Farm …”

(Stephanie Ebbert, “Cape Wind Is Dealt A Setback,” The Boston Globe, 4/7/06)

The Associated Press Refers To Romney As “A Longtime Wind Farm Opponent.”

(Andrew Miga, “Wind Farm Developers Press Forward,” The Associated Press, 7/3/06)


Romney Said He Would “Use Every Tool At His Disposal” To Kill Cape Wind.

“Governor Mitt Romney has publicly opposed Cape Wind, proclaiming himself ready to do so using every tool at his disposal.”

(Editorial,“Wind Power With No Direction,” The Boston Globe, 2/27/06)


In 2006, Kennedy Worked To Give Romney Veto Power Over Cape Wind Project.

“Earlier this year, Cape Wind foes, including Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., wanted to hand veto power over the project to Gov. Mitt Romney, a longtime wind farm opponent, or his successor. Such a move could have doomed the project. The move stirred controversy and stalled the popular Coast Guard money bill. Cape Wind backers branded it a back-door deal to kill the project. Kennedy and other lawmakers eventually dropped their veto demands, clearing theway for a compromise giving the Coast Guard, not Romney or his successor, a central role in approving the project.”

(Andrew Miga, “Wind Farm Developers Press Forward,” The Associated Press, 7/3/06)

Columnist Robert Novak: Kennedy And Romney Joined To Try To Kill Cape Wind, Which Is Also Opposed By Wealthy Egan Family, “Who Have Been Generous In Political Contributions” To Romney.

“Rich oceanfront residents of Cape Cod do not want their view of Nantucket Sound faintly obstructed by offshore protrusions of a proposed wind farm. So, they have hired lobbyists to kill Cape Wind, a project providing an environmentally sound source of energy. Their most important ally in this venture is a fellow wealthy Cape Cod landowner, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. Opposition to America’s first offshore wind farm seems a peculiar posture for the liberal lion of the Senate. The self-indulgent squires of Cape Cod likewise seem a strange set of friends for Teddy Kennedy. He is also joined in opposition by Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican presidential prospect. … The Kennedy neighbors on Cape Cod have traditionally opposed the Kennedys politically, but they are all in bed together in opposing Cape Wind. That includes the Egan family, owners of EMC Corp. who have been generous in political contributions to Republicans, notably Romney.”

(Robert Novak, Op-Ed, “Looking In Vane For Consistency,” Chicago Sun-Times, 5/4/06)


The Washington Times Blasted Romney For Opposing Cape Wind

The Washington Times:  Romney’s Opposition To Cape Wind Sends “The Unmistakable Signal That He Is More Beholden To His Wealthy Political Benefactors And The Past Than He Is To Middle-Class EnergyConsumers And The Future.”

“With oil prices currently approaching $70 per barrel and natural gas prices reaching once-incomprehensible heights in December, energy policy will continue to be a major concern for America’s consumers, voters and politicians. Massachusetts Republican Gov. Mitt Romney, who considers himself to be presidential timber, has a golden opportunity to distinguish himself as an environmentally friendly,consumer-oriented, technologically savvy problem solver. However, to hit this win-win-win trifecta, Mr. Romney will have to change his mind. That will require him to abandon his unaffordable, outdated, self-serving NIMBY instincts. Otherwise, this former venture capitalist will send the unmistakable signal that he is more beholden to his wealthy political benefactors and the past than he is to middle-class energy consumers and the future.”

(Editorial, “Not-So-Consumer-Friendly Romney,” The Washington Times, 4/14/06)

The Times Cites Major Romney Fundraiser’s Opposition To Cape Wind, Calls His Analogy With Wind Farm In Grand Canyon “Absurd.”

“As it happens, the Cape Wind views of the self-styled gubernatorial technophile mirror the positions of the billionaire Egan family, which has been a principal fund-raiser for the governor. As Boston Globe columnist Joan Vennochi reported in December 2004, Jack and Michael Egan were directors of the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, which spent $2.4 million opposing Cape Wind. Michael Egan and the Egan Family Trust own mansions overlooking Nantucket Sound. Arguing that his opposition stems from the wind farm’s perceived impact on tourism, Mr. Romney denies his Cape Wind position is influenced by the Egan family. Instead, his office offers the absurd comparison that he would also oppose ‘putting a wind farm in the middle of the Grand Canyon or at the foot of Mount Rushmore.’”

(Editorial, “Not-So-Consumer-Friendly Romney,” The Washington Times, 4/14/06)

“The People Of Massachusetts Want Him To Lead The Way, But He Seems Anchored To The Irresponsible NIMBY Policies Of The Past.”

“The people of Massachusetts want him to lead the way, but he seems anchored to the irresponsible NIMBY policies of the past. Indeed, a statewide survey recently conducted by the University of New Hampshire and the University of Massachusetts revealed that Massachusetts residents supported the Cape Wind project by 64 percent to 10 percent, with 26 percent undecided. Among all options, offshore wind-generated energy received the greatest amount of support among Massachusetts residents, even more than solar power. Even if Mr. Romney doesn’t get it, it is clear that the vast majority of his non-fund-raising constituents do.”

(Editorial, “Not-So-Consumer-Friendly Romney,” The Washington Times, 4/14/06)


Romney’s Opposition To Cape Wind “Is Not The Way Any Republican Should Begin A Presidential Campaign.”

“In November, the man [Romney] who opposes Cape Wind had the nerve to declare that ‘clean-energy technologies will reduce our dependence on foreign oil, air pollution and long-term energy costs.’ He should have added: ‘Provided that those clean-energy technologies are “Not In My Back Yard” or in the front yard of my fund-raisers.’ In the midst of an energy crisis, this is not the way any Republican should begin a presidential campaign.”

(Editorial, “Not-So-Consumer-Friendly Romney,” The Washington Times, 4/14/06)

Romney Says He Supports Renewable Energy, But Opposes Cape Wind Romney Said He Opposed Project “Due To The Visual Impact.”

ROMNEY: “I’m enthusiastic about renewables, I’m enthusiastic about wind, about solar cells and new technology, but I don’t think that the location in Nantucket Sound is the right place for a major project of the nature that has been proposed due to the visual impact …”

(Jack Coleman, “Massachusetts Governor Urges Use Of Alternative Energy,” Cape Cod Times, 3/14/03)


Romney:  “I wouldn’t want in any way to try and prevent the development and expansion of wind technology… But I would, however, not want to see wind technology employed in a highly visually impactful way in Nantucket Sound.”

(Jack Coleman, “Massachusetts Governor Urges Use Of Alternative Energy,” Cape Cod Times, 3/14/03)


Romney: “I Don’t Like The Project At All.”

(Jon Keller, “Passions Running High In Wind Farm Debate,” WBZ-TV Boston,, 4/24/06)

Romney: “I Love Wind Technology … From A Visual Standpoint It’s Just The Wrong Place To Put A Project Like That.”

ROMNEY: “I love wind technology. I’d love to see it used in Massachusetts. I’m just afraid that in a place that is key to our tourism economy, and is a national treasure, from a visual standpoint it’s just the wrong place to put a project like that … It’s a little bit like saying, “The Grand Canyon has great winds, let’s put a windmill project in the Grand Canyon.”‘

(Jack Coleman, “Massachusetts Governor Urges Use Of Alternative Energy,” Cape Cod Times, 3/14/03)

Romney: “This Is The Wrong Place For A Wind Farm.”

ROMNEY: “I want more wind power in thecommonwealth. I’d like to see it on other places in our coast and in our land … But I think in this particular area,surrounded by state waters and as a tourism treasure for the commonwealth and the nation, this is the wrongplace for a wind farm.”

(Elizabeth Mehren, “Cape Cod Wind Farm Project May Be Headed For Pasture,” Los Angeles Times, 5/5/06)

Romney Aide Shawn Feddeman: Romney “Absolutely Does Not Support” Cape Wind Project.

“He hasbeen consistent in that he supports looking at alternative energy sources, but this is something he absolutely does not support …”

(Donna Goodison, “Wind Farm Opposition Is Shared By Romney,” Boston Herald, 2/28/03)

Renewable Energy Advocates Said Congressional Effort To Block Cape Wind Could Harm Wind Power Development For Decades Renewable Energy Advocates Said Romney-Backed Congressional Effort To Block Cape Wind Was Threat To Wind Power Development, “Perhaps Setting Back New Projects As Much As A Generation.”

“A Coast Guard reauthorization bill that would block construction of the nation’s first offshore wind farm is being viewed by industry officials, financial backers and renewable energy advocates as a threat to other wind-generation projects in coastal waters. Conferees on the legislation (HR 889) added language to a conference report agreed to April 6 that would allow the governor of Massachusetts to veto the Cape Wind project planned for Nantucket Sound. Although the provision would apply only to the Massachusetts project, it could have a ‘verystrong adverse effect on the offshore wind industry,’ perhaps setting back new projects as much as a generation,said Theodore Roosevelt IV, a managing director at Lehman Brothers, which is spearheading the Cape Wind financing effort. ‘Going forward, if someone approaches us about an offshore wind project, we’re going to be deeply skeptical about taking it on because we can’t understand the risk,’ Roosevelt said.”

(Kathleen Hunter,“Opposition To Cape Cod Project Seen As Threat To Wind Power Development,” Congressional Quarterly Today, 4/21/06)


Romney Supports No Child Left Behind Act,  Raises Concerns Over Specific Testing Processes Romney Supports No Child Left Behind Act.

“Massachusetts has not been impacted by the federal No Child Left Behind law because it was testing public school students before it was enacted, Gov. Mitt Romney said Thursday, but he supports it because such measurement is necessary to improve schools.”

(“Romney Applauds Student Measurement In No Child Left Behind,” The Associated Press, 8/31/06)

Romney Said Measurement Standards In NCLB “Have A Long Way To Be Perfected” But Backed Concept Of Measuring Student Progress.

“We all want to be successful based on our rhetoric, not actual, measurable results, and I’m afraid that in the world marketplace, our kids are only going to be successful based on their performance, and that requires measurement. … I think the president was right to insist on measurement. I think the measurements themselves have a long way to be perfected, and a lot of room for improvement.”

(“RomneyApplauds Student Measurement In No Child Left Behind,” The Associated Press, 8/31/06)

Despite His Campaign Trail Claims, Standardized Testing Started A Decade Before Romney Took Office

Romney, In 2007:  “We Set Standards. We Have A Graduation Exam To Get Out Of  High School You’ve Got To Pass…”

(O. Kay Henderson, “Romney Calls For End To Bilingual Education,” Radio Iowa, 1/26/07)

Massachusetts’ MCAS Exam For Public School Students Has Existed Since 1993.

“The Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) was implemented in response to the Education Reform Law of1993, which required that MCAS be designed to: Test all public school students across the Commonwealth, including students with disabilities and students with limited English proficiency …”

(Massachusetts Department Of Education Website,, Accessed 1/26/07)

As Candidate For Governor, Romney Didn’t Know Vital Details Of State’s Testing System


In 2002, Romney Didn’t Know What MCAS Acronym Stood For.

“Romney, 55, said he planned to continueSwift’s support of Education Reform, the 1993 state law meant to boost spending in the state’s poorest schools, and the MCAS exam, the standardized test state officials use to make sure that money is getting results. ‘I believe that the MCAS is a system that is working for the children of Massachusetts,’ Romney volunteered. But when asked what the letters ‘MCAS’ stand for, Romney made his first campaign-trail stumble. ‘I can’t repeat them for you right now, thank you, but it’s for the kids who are getting ready to graduate this year,’ he said.”

(John McElhenny,“Romney, Swift Show Republican Unity,” The Associated Press, 3/20/02)

Romney Also Didn’t Know When State’s MCAS Testing Standards Took Effect.

“In fact, students graduatingthis year don’t have to pass the MCAS exam, which stands for the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System.  Students graduating next year are the first who must pass to graduate.”

(John McElhenny, “Romney, Swift Show Republican Unity,” The Associated Press, 3/20/02)

Romney Boasts Of  Supporting Charter Schools Yet Failed To Meet With School Choice Advocates While In Office On Campaign Trail, Romney Recounts Growth In Charter Schools During His Term As Governor.

“On education, Romney boasted of student performance on federal testing on English and math, growth of charter schools, state funded college scholarships and approval of a ballot initiative that ended bilingual education.”

(ToddDvorak, “Romney Touts Conservative Views In Waterloo,” The Associated Press, 1/26/07)

“[Romney] Told The Crowd That He Favors The Establishment Of Charter Schools.”

(Jim Davenport,“Romney Pushes Married Family Involvement In Education,” The Associated Press, 2/23/07)

Head Of  Massachusetts Charter School Association Says He Was Unable To Get A Single Meeting With Romney In Four Years.

“Even his local supporters are cringing. Few issues are as important as school choice but Marc Kenen, head of the Massachusetts Charter School Association, wasn’t able to get a single meeting with the governor in four years.  ‘We never had an opportunity to sit down with him, we never had a one-on-one conversation,’ Kenen said.  ‘He wasn’t the most accessible guy.’”

(Brett Arends, Op-Ed, “Mitt Shoots Holes In His Credibility,” The Boston Herald, 4/11/07)

Romney Endorsed Vouchers For Private Schools In 1994 But Opposed Them In 2002

Romney Came Out Against School Vouchers In 2002 After Favoring Them In 1994.

“During their Tuesday night debate at WPI, Ms. O’Brien and Mr. Romney said they oppose vouchers for private schools. … Romney campaigned in favor of vouchers when he ran against U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., in 1994.”

(Richard Nangle, “Bilingual Ed Produces Stark Divide,” Sunday Telegram[MA], 10/6/02)

2002: Romney Said Vouchers Were “Not A Good Idea For Massachusetts.”

“In a statement, Mr. Romney said ‘vouchers are not part of my plan to improve the quality of education for our students, and they are not agood idea for Massachusetts.’”

(Richard Nangle, “Bilingual Ed Produces Stark Divide,” Sunday Telegram[MA], 10/6/02)

As Gubernatorial Candidate, Romney Opposed Abstinence-Only Education Programs, Later Changing His Position

2002: Romney Told Reporters He Supported Sex Education In Public Schools And Opposed Abstinence-Only Programs.

“Yesterday, Romney also aimed to head off confusion about his stance on abortion rights by answering a Mass National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League questionnaire with mostly abortion-rights positions. … Romney said that he would oppose any abortion restrictions, such as mandated waiting periods or religion-based counseling and that he supports sex education in public schools and opposes abstinence-only programs.”

(Stephanie Ebbert, “Romney Pushes Education At Campaign Stop,” The Boston Globe, 4/10/02)

Pro-Choice Activists Say Romney Promised To Fight Efforts To Promote Abstinence-Only Education.

“Running for governor, Romney told [Deborah] Allen and other officers of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts that he would steadfastly support abortion rights. … Romney promised to fight efforts by some conservatives to require abstinence-only sex education in schools, rather than courses that mention condoms and other forms of contraception.”

(Peter Wallsten, “Activists Remember A Different Romney,” Los Angeles Times, 3/25/07)

In 2005, Romney Unsuccessfully Tried To Steer $740,000 Federal Sex Ed Grant Into Classrooms RatherThan Advertising.

“Earlier this month he tried, unsuccessfully, to persuade the Legislature to use a $740,000 federal sex education grant to teach abstinence in schools, rather than continue the current practice of spending it on television commercials and ads on subways and buses.”

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

Romney Continued To Support Comprehensive Sex Education With Abstinence Emphasis.

“[Romney aide Eric Fehrnstrom] said Romney supports ‘comprehensive sex education with an emphasis on abstinence as the safest and healthiest choice for our young people,’ and that the criticism from Planned Parenthood andNARAL is politically motivated.”

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

In 2002, Romney Initially Refused To Back Ballot Initiative Mandating English Immersion Instead Of Bilingual Education Before Switching Positions

In April 2002, Romney Opposed Ballot Initiative Replacing Bilingual Education With English Immersion, A Measure His Spokesman Said Went “Too Far.”

“GOP lieutenant governor hopeful James Rappaport, in a sharp-right break from ticket-topper Mitt Romney, has signed a no-new-tax pledge and is embracing a bid to dismantle the state’s bilingual education law. … Rappaport will join local leaders of the English for Children of Massachusetts campaign to endorse their controversial ballot initiative. … Romney has carefully sought to appeal to moderate and Democrat voters and opposes the ballot question. ‘Mitt Romney is not happy with the status quo with regard to bilingual education but he thinks the Unz ballot question goes too far,’ said Romney deputy campaign manager Eric Fehrnstrom.”

(David R. Guarino and Joe Battenfeld, “Rappaport, In Break With Romney, Inks No-New-Tax Pledge,” The Boston Herald, 4/10/02)

Initiative Required Rapid, Year long Language Immersion For All Non-Fluent Children.

“The proposal, backed by Silicon Valley millionaire Ron Unz, would force all children not fluent in English to learn it within a year. Current state law allows for a three-year introduction to English.”

(David R. Guarino and Joe Battenfeld,“Rappaport, In Break With Romney, Inks No-New-Tax Pledge,” The Boston Herald, 4/10/02)

Investor’s Business Daily: “[The ballot initiative] would replace the state’s bilingual ed with a one-year program of English immersion. Early polling shows it running well ahead. Yet the GOP’s nominee for governor, Mitt Romney, opposes it.”

(Tom Gray, “Schools’ Bilingual Ed Failures Push States To Seek Reforms,” Investor’s Business Daily, 5/29/02)

Less Than Two Months Later, Romney Reversed His Position And Endorsed The Ballot Initiative.

“Republican gubernatorial candidate Mitt Romney is endorsing a California millionaire’s proposal to replace Massachusetts’ three-year bilingual education system with a one-year “English immersion” program for children not fluent in the language.”

(John McElhenny, “Mitt Romney Endorses ‘English Immersion’ Education Plan,” The Associated Press,6/4/02)

“Politically, Supporting This [Initiative] Was Like Saying You Supported Baseball And Apple Pie, And The Poll Numbers Reflected This.”

(Owen Eagan, “Baseball, Apple Pie, And English,” Campaigns & Elections, 10/03)


Initiative Eventually Passed With 68% Of  The Vote, Phasing Out Bilingual Education.

“The English immersion law, which calls for students with limited English skills to spend a year learning almost entirely in English before moving to mainstream classrooms, replaced bilingual education after 68 percent of voters approved the switch last November.”

(Anand Vaishnav, “School Begins, Immersed In English Bilingual Education Ends UnderTerms Of 2002 Vote,” The Boston Globe, 8/27/03)

Romney Eventually Made English Immersion A “Central Plank” Of  His ‘02 Campaign, Spending More Than$1 Million To Promote It.

“Mitt Romney, the former Olympics chief and venture capitalist, adopted English immersion as a central plank in his campaign for governor. His support for immersion would be promoted in a constant drumbeat of campaign stump speeches, press events, automated phone calls to voters, and two separate TV spots that we estimated cost more than $1 million.”

(Owen Eagan, “Baseball, Apple Pie, And English,” Campaigns & Elections, 10/03)

While Endorsing Ballot Measure, Romney Said He Would Be “The First To Say ‘Stop’” If It Failed And Would Not Pursue Issue If  Voters Rejected It.

“Republican Mitt Romney… said he supports the bilingual education initiative known as Question 2 that voters will decide on Nov. 5. … Romney said that he opposes apart of the initiative that would allow parents to sue teachers and districts over immersion, and said he wouldbe ‘the first to say “stop”‘ if immersion didn’t work. He also said he would not pursue the issue if voters reject it in November.”

(Theo Emery, “Hopefuls For Governor, Lieutenant Governor Hit The Road For Votes,” The Associated Press,10/12/02)

Ballot Measure Passed With 68% Support.

“The English immersion law, which calls for students with limited English skills to spend a year learning almost entirely in English before moving to mainstream classrooms, replaced bilingual education after 68 percent of voters approved the switch last November.”

(Anand Vaishnav, “School Begins, Immersed In English Bilingual Education Ends Under Terms Of 2002 Vote,” The Boston Globe,8/27/03)

In 2003,  State Legislature Loosened The New Immersion Law And Overturned Romney’s Subsequent Veto.

“About 68 percent of Massachusetts voters last year approved the ballot initiative, Question 2, which required that immigrant students be placed in all-English classes instead of bilingual programs. But the Legislature on Monday voted to exempt some provisions of the new law, including ‘two-way’ programs, a form ofbilingual education in which students of different cultures learn each other’s languages simultaneously.”

(AnandVaishnav, “Romney Hits Softening Of Bilingual Law,” The Boston Globe, 7/16/03)

“Romney Vetoed The Legislature’s Exemption Of Two-Way Programs, But Both Houses Overrode Him…”

(Anand Vaishnav, “Romney Hits Softening Of Bilingual Law,” The Boston Globe, 7/16/03)

Romney Now Touts English Immersion Education On Presidential Campaign Trail.

“Massachusetts Gov.Mitt Romney, campaigning for Iowa Republicans … said that while the United States should embrace its diversity, all students should be immersed in the English language. … Romney said he has been a proponent of ‘English immersion,’ in which a bilingual student is placed in a classroom where all materials, books and instruction are in English.”

(Melissa Walker, “Schools Should Use English, Romney Says,” Des Moines Register, 8/26/06)

Romney: Kids “Need To Speak The Language Of This Country.”

“If kids in this country want to besuccessful in this country then they need to speak the language of this country. … Republicans care abouteducation. Democrats can’t do what needs to be done there. They are so wedded to the teachers union theycan’t put kids first.”

(Todd Dvorak, “Romney Touts Conservative Views In Waterloo,” The Associated Press, 1/26/07)

1994: As Senate Candidate, Romney Backed Eliminating Federal Department Of Education Romney Said Education Should Be State And Local Issue, Called For Elimination Of U.S. Department Of Education.

“When Romney ran for U.S. Senate in 1994, he called for the elimination of the U.S. Department ofEducation. He said there’s no contradiction in that stance and his new education proposal, because he hasalways believed education should be a local and state issue, not federal.”

(John McElhenny, “Mitt Romney Endorses‘English Immersion’ Education Plan,” The Associated Press, 6/4/02)

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