McCain’s Opposition Research – Part 32

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 near  the top of page 127  and ends at the top of 133.

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



Romney Promised To Upgrade State’s Crime Lab As He Ran For Governor Romney Campaigned “On Promises To Upgrade The State’s Crime Lab.”

“Romney, who campaigned in part on promises to upgrade the state’s crime lab, says it’s simply a matter of empowering police to solve new crimes and to match data samples to solve old ones.”

(Raphael Lewis, “Romney To Sign DNA Bill Today,” The Boston Globe, 11/12/03)

Media Reviews: Romney Did Little To Address “Severe Backlog” In DNA Testing System Boston Herald

Writers: Romney Administration “Has Done Little To Address The Severe Backlog” In DNA Testing At State Police Crime Lab.

“On the public safety front, the governor’s brochure claims he has‘toughened public safety’ by cracking down on sex offenders and reforming corrections, forensics and other agencies. … But the state has failed to join a compact that would inform Massachusetts when dangerous felons and predators come here, has had difficulty in tracking sex offenders when they move or fail to register and has done little to address the severe backlog in DNA testing at the state police crime lab.”

(Brett Arends et al, “Romney Fails To Make The Grade,”  Boston Herald, 6/29/05)

“The [Crime] Lab Has Often Been The Subject Of Criticism Because Of Chronic Understaffing And Long Delays In Processing DNA Samples, Which Are Often Crucial To Criminal Investigations And Trials.”

(RalphRanalli, “DNA Test Backlog Worsens In Mass.,” The Boston Globe, 4/23/05)

State Recently Spent Almost $270,000 To Hire Firm To Conduct “Top-To-Bottom Review” Of Crime Lab.

“The problems have embarrassed state officials and prompted inquiries by the State Police, the FBI, and a private consulting company, Vance, recently hired to conduct a $267,000 top-to-bottom review of the crime lab.”

(Jonathan Saltzman, “DNA Chief Fired Over Crime Lab Problems,”The Boston Globe, 4/14/07)

 2003 Expansion Of DNA Database – Signed Into Law By Romney – Blamed For Worsening DNA Backlog Romney Signed Into Law Measure Requiring Everyone Convicted Of Felony In Massachusetts To Submit DNA Sample For State Database.

“Declaring that ‘the long arm of the law just got a little longer,’ Governor Mitt Romney today visited the State Police Crime Lab to sign legislation requiring all convicted felons to provide DNA samples to the state’s database. ‘I want to make sure that our law enforcement officials have the best possible tools at their disposal to do their jobs and keep our neighborhoods safe,’ Romney said. ‘The state’s DNA database is one of the most important tools they have.’”

(Gov. Mitt Romney, Press Release, 11/12/03)

“Following A Signing Ceremony At The State Police Crime Lab In Sudbury, Romney Called The New Law One Of The Most Important Tools Available To Law Enforcement Investigators.”

(“Romney Signs Bill Expanding State’s Criminal DNA Database,” The Associated Press, 11/12/03)

Measure Passed 146-4 In The House:

“Lawmakers in the House also voted 146-4 in favor of a bill to expand the state’s DNA database to include everyone convicted of a felony.”

(“Legislature Sends Romney Bill Updating Sex Offender Law,” The Associated Press, 9/30/03)

Measure Passed 36-1 In The Senate:

“Critics say the bill, which was approved by the Senate by a 36-1margin, is too broad and should be limited only to more serious felonies.”

(Steve LeBlanc, “Senate Approves Bill To Expand The State’s Criminal DNA Database,” The Associated Press, 10/23/03)

Several Experts Have Criticized The ‘03 Law As Cause Of  “Overwhelming Backlogs And Administrative Problems.”

“[S]everal prominent figures in the field nationwide have rallied to [Pino’s] defense and characterized him as a victim of circumstances that afflict many crime labs nationwide. … They also said that a 2003 law that expanded the state’s DNA database to include samples from all convicted felons – instead of the 33 serious and violent felonies in the 1997 law creating the computerized archive – led to overwhelming backlogs and administrative problems similar to those in other states that broadened their databases.”

(Jonathan Saltzman, “DNA Chief Fired Over Crime Lab Problems,” The Boston Globe, 4/14/07)

“[D]etractors Fear That The New Law Represents A Serious Encroachment On Privacy Rights…”

“All convicted felons in Massachusetts, from those who commit murder to those who steal live poultry, will be requiredto submit DNA samples to the State Police under a controversial bill being signed today by Governor Mitt Romney. … But even as Romney tells those gathered today that ‘the long arm of the law just got a little longer,’ detractors fear that the new law represents a serious encroachment on privacy rights, mostly because several of the hundreds of felonies on the books are low-level offenses. A felony is any crime for which those convicted can be sent to a state prison.”

(Raphael Lewis, “Romney To Sign DNA Bill Today,” The Boston Globe, 11/12/03)

State Officials Share DNA Data With Federal Government.

“Currently, the state’s five-year-old database holds approximately 20,000 DNA samples collected by swabbing the cheeks of those convicted of any of 33 serious or violent felonies. … State officials share the DNA data with the federal government, which maintains a database that holds samples from all states compiling such information.”

(Raphael Lewis, “Romney To Sign DNA BillToday,” The Boston Globe, 11/12/03)

In 2003, Northeastern University Professor James Alan Fox Warned Measure Could Lead To Wasteful  Spending And An Unwieldy, Oversized Database.

“[J]ames Alan Fox, a professor of criminal justice at Northeastern University, said the investment may not be worth it, given that most low-level criminals do not become repeat offenders. ‘Most low-level criminals will not do it again, so we may be spending lots of resources on collecting and storing a large amount of genetic data for nothing,’ Fox said. More problematic, he said, is the possibility that such a large database can quickly become unwieldy and overwhelm law enforcement authorities.”

(Raphael Lewis, “Romney To Sign DNA Bill Today,” The Boston Globe, 11/12/03)

Fox: “There’s A Recent, Rich History In Which Overburdened Labs Have Made Errors.”

(Raphael Lewis,“Romney To Sign DNA Bill Today,” The Boston Globe, 11/12/03)

Prior Law Required Only Those Convicted Of 33 Specific Violent Crimes To Submit DNA Sample.

“The new law requires every convicted felon in the Bay State, including those now incarcerated or on parole, to provide a DNA sample to the state database. The prior law only required felons convicted of 33 sex-related and violent crimes to submit such samples.”

(Gov. Mitt Romney, Press Release, 11/12/03)

Law Was Expected To Expand State’s DNA Database Five-Fold While Costing Over $3.5 Million.

“The current DNA database has about 20,000 samples. Under the new law, the number is expected to grow to about 100,000 in a few years. Expanding the database is expected to cost about $3.6 million, although the state could receive federal reimbursement.”

(“Romney Signs Bill Expanding State’s Criminal DNA Database,” The Associated Press, 11/12/03)

Underfunding And Under staffing Of Crime Lab Was A Frequent Complaint Waiting Nine Months For DNA Testing Results Was “Not Unusual.”

“The slow pace of the DNA testing has drawn attention to a frequent complaint by the state’s prosecutors: the crime lab is understaffed and under funded and has had to closely ration how many DNA tests local law enforcement agencies are allowed to submit. Waiting nine months for results is not unusual.”

(Theo Emery, “Worthington Case Draws Attention To DNA Backlog At Crime Lab,” The Associated Press, 4/23/05)

Crime Lab Could Only Handle One-Sixth Of State’s DNA Testing Demands Each Year.

“The DNA lab itself occupies just 840 square feet, where a dozen chemists handle about 300 DNA tests per year. That’s roughly one-sixth of the state’s demand, according to lab director Carl Selavka.”

(Theo Emery, “Worthington Case Draws Attention To DNA Backlog At Crime Lab,” The Associated Press, 4/23/05)

District Attorneys Were Limited To Only Four DNA Sample Requests Per Month.

“Each month, the state’s 11 district attorneys are allowed to submit up to four DNA samples, meaning investigators must prioritize cases and put DNA testing for less important cases on hold.”

(Theo Emery, “Worthington Case Draws Attention To DNA Backlog At Crime Lab,” The Associated Press, 4/23/05)

Public Safety Secretary Claimed Crime Lab Had Been Reorganized But Still Needed Funding.

“State Public Safety Secretary Edward Flynn said the crime lab was an ‘absolute disgrace’ before it was put under the control of the state police in the 1990s. It has since been reorganized and accredited by a national organization, but until recently, its funding needs were neglected.”

(Theo Emery, “Worthington Case Draws Attention To DNA Backlog At Crime Lab,” The Associated Press, 4/23/05)

Slow Improvement At Crime Lab Was Expected, With Time Frame Of Five To Seven Years Floated By Officials Despite Added Funding And Staffing, Improvement At State Crime Lab Expected To Be Slow.

“Even if the state continues to pump money and scientists into its overburdened crime laboratory,  it will take ‘five to seven years’ before DNA testing can be turned around in 30 days rather than the current rate of up to 15 months, officials told a legislative committee yesterday. Although the state will double the 12 DNA chemists within a year and plans to build a new crime lab capable of meeting all the commonwealth’s forensic testing needs, it would take 80 scientists alone to handle the massive requests for DNA testing.”

(Tom Farmer, “Crime Lab Shows Evidence Of Slow Progress,” Boston Herald, 5/13/05)

“The Legislature Has Increased Funding To The Lab, From $6.2 Million In Fiscal 2005 To $16.2 Million In Fiscal 2007.”

(Jonathan Saltzman, “DNA Chief Fired Over Crime Lab Problems,” The Boston Globe, 4/14/07)

State Backlog Of DNA Testing Blamed In Part On Federal Requirement For Inclusion In FBI Database Massachusetts Officials Blamed FBI Requirement That Samples Be Tested Twice Before Being LoggedInto National Database As Reason For Increase In State-Level Backlog.

“The backlog for testing DNA samples at the State Police Crime Laboratory has doubled in the last few months because of what state officials are calling a burdensome new requirement that the DNA from convicted felons in Massachusetts be tested twice before it is submitted to the FBI’s national data base. … State public safety officials said that the backlog caused by the new FBI requirement means that it now takes 15 months on average for a DNA sample to come back from the lab, twice as long as before the requirement.”

(Ralph Ranalli, “DNA Test Backlog Worsens In Mass.,” The Boston Globe,4/23/05)

Romney’s “Foolproof” Death Penalty Proposal Criticized Due To Backlog Issues District Attorneys Criticized Romney’s Death Penalty Proposal In Part Because Of Problems With Crime Lab And Medical Examiner’s Office.

“Several district attorneys criticized Governor Mitt Romney’s proposal to establish what he insisted would be a nearly foolproof death penalty system, with the prosecutors saying yesterday that the troubled state medical examiner’s office and State Police crime laboratory can barely carry out current responsibilities, let alone make sure that innocent people don’t end up on death row.”

(Jonathan Saltzman,“DA’s Rap Governor’s Death Penalty Plan,” The Boston Globe, 5/4/04)

Norfolk DA Called Romney Proposal “Ridiculous” To Add Responsibility To Overburdened Crime Lab And Medical Examiner.

“But Norfolk District Attorney William R. Keating said it is ridiculous for the state to consider giving the medical examiner’s office and crime lab the added task of analyzing scientific evidence in death penalty cases. Both offices have struggled with crushing backlogs, Keating said, with delays of several months in getting scientific analyses for criminal cases.”

(Jonathan Saltzman, “DA’s Rap Governor’s Death Penalty Plan,” The Boston Globe, 5/4/04)

Romney Unilaterally Slashed Crime Lab Funding Weeks Before Leaving Office Romney Claimed That Irresponsible Legislative Spending Necessitated Cuts As He Left Office.

“In a final splash before leaving the corner office, Gov. Mitt Romney yesterday slashed $425 million from the current year’s budget, saying the Legislature’s irresponsible spending left him no choice. … Included in Romney’s cuts are several items that Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey — who ran for governor on public safety issues — would likely have objected to prior to Election Day: funding for the state police crime lab, the Sex Offender Registry Board and anti-gang initiatives.”

(Rebecca Fater, “Romney Slashes State’s Spending,” The Berkshire Eagle, 11/11/06

In 2006, Romney Appointed Former Crime Lab Manager Mark Delaney To Head State Police Force Romney Appointed Delaney To Lead State Police Following Four-Year Stint Running State Crime Lab.

“State Police Maj. Mark Delaney … was appointed as head of the law enforcement agency on Thursday. …Delaney was appointed head of the State Police forensics lab in 2002 and presided over a revamping in the wake of delays in processing DNA evidence.

(Glen Johnson, “Head Of State Police Forensic Lab Named To Run Department,” The Associated Press, 5/18/06)

Romney, On Delaney’s Appointment:  “He’s a law enforcement officer with 32 years of experience, and he knows the force inside and out.”

(Glen Johnson, “Head Of State Police Forensic Lab Named To Run Department,” The Associated Press, 5/18/06)

Months Later, It Was Revealed Delaney Oversaw Crime Lab During Period When DNA Tests Were Mishandled Crime Lab Administrator Failed To Notify Prosecutors Of DNA Matches, Allowing Statute Of  Limitations To Expire.

“An administrator at the troubled State Police crime laboratory has been suspended for failing to tell prosecutors of DNA matches in a number of unsolved rape cases, which now cannot be pursued because the statute of limitations has expired, the head of the State Police said yesterday.”

(Jonathan Saltzman, “Crime Lab Mishandled DNA Results,” The Boston Globe, 1/13/07)

Administrator Also Falsely Reported DNA Matches To Suspects.

“The administrator, whom officials would not name, also told police and prosecutors that tests in an unspecified number of cases linked DNA recovered at crime scenes to suspects, when in fact they had not, Colonel Mark F. Delaney, superintendent of the State Police, said in a statement.”

(Jonathan Saltzman, “Crime Lab Mishandled DNA Results State Police Suspend Aide, Ask FBI Audit,” The Boston Globe, 1/13/07)

Delaney Was Top Manager At Crime Lab When The DNA Test Results Were Mishandled.

“[S]tate Police Colonel Mark Delaney, who now leads the State Police and was the lab’s top manager while the DNA test results were mishandled, asked for the review.”

(John Ellement, “Outside Consultant To Review Crime Lab,”  The Boston Globe, 1/27/07)

April 2007: Head Of Crime Lab’s DNA Database Fired After Allegedly Mishandling Dozens Of Test Results DNA Database Administrator Robert Pino Was Fired After Supposedly Mishandling Test Results For Two-Dozen Sexual Assault Cases Where Statute Of Limitations Ran Out.

“The embattled administrator of the DNA database at the State Police crime laboratory was fired yesterday, three months after the agency suspended him for allegedly mishandling test results in about two-dozen unsolved sexual assault cases, according to the lawyer for his union.  Robert Pino, a 23-year civilian employee of the lab who testified in more than 240 criminal cases and helped set up the state database, was sent a letter yesterday saying he was terminated…”

(Jonathan Saltzman,“DNA Chief Fired Over Crime Lab Problems,” The Boston Globe, 4/14/07)

Pino Was Second High-Ranking Crime Lab Official To Resign In Span Of Five Weeks.

“Pino is the second laboratory employee to lose his job over problems with the handling of DNA test results, including the alleged failure to report positive DNA matches before the statute of limitations ran out. On March 9, Carl Selavka, the civilian director of the lab since July 1998 and one of Pino’s supervisors, abruptly resigned under pressure, after what Public Safety Secretary Kevin M. Burke described as an unfavorable assessment of his performance.”

(Jonathan Saltzman, “DNA Chief Fired Over Crime Lab Problems,” The Boston Globe, 4/14/07)


In 2003, Romney Vetoed Annual Registration Fee For Sexual Offenders And Up To $750,000 To Cut Down On Backlog Of Sex Offenders Not Classified By State

Romney Vetoed New $75 Annual Fee For Sex Offender Registration – His Veto Was Overturned By The House.

“Beacon Hill lawmakers overturned Gov. Mitt Romney’s veto of $23 million in additional state aid to cities and towns … House lawmakers also overturned Romney’s veto of a new $75 annual fee for sex offenders when they renew their listing on the state’s sex offender registry. … Romney vetoed the fee, saying it would discourage sex offenders from renewing their registration.”

(Steve LeBlanc, “Legislature Restores State Aid To Local Communities, Sex Offender Fee,” The Associated Press, 7/8/03)

Romney Also Vetoed Up To $750,000 In Funding Aimed At Cutting Down Backlog Of Sex Offenders Not Yet Classified By State – Veto Overturned By House.

“Another section of the budget, also vetoed by Romney,  would use up to $750,000 collected from the new [sex offender] fees to cut down on the current backlog of sex offenders yet to be classified by the state. The House overturned that veto too.”

(Steve LeBlanc, “Legislature Restores State Aid To Local Communities, Sex Offender Fee,” The Associated Press, 7/8/03)

Romney’s Own Lieutenant Governor – Republican Kerry Healey – Opposed Veto Decision Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey (R) Disagreed With Romney Vetoes On Sex Offender Registration Fee And Classification Backlog Funds.

“[Healey] said she disagreed with Romney’s decision in 2003 to veto a $75 fee that would have been imposed on convicted sex offenders. She also said she disagreed with another veto tospend $750,000 collected from the fees to reduce a backlog of sex offenders waiting at the time to be classified by the state. The Legislature overrode those vetoes. … ‘No, I did not,’ Healey said when asked if she supported Romney’s vetoes.”

(Glen Johnson, “Healey Signs Sex Crimes Statute Extension Into Law,” The Associated Press, 9/21/06)

In Wake Of Romney Vetoes, Investigation Disclosed That State Lost Track Of One-Third Of State’s High-Risk Sex Offenders In November 2003, Investigation Found State Had Lost Track Of One-Third Of Worst Sex Offenders.

“The Romney administration plans to conduct a monthlong ‘intensive sweep’ for unregistered sex offenders using the state police’s fugitive hunting squad, officials said yesterday. … [The] announcement comes in the wake of an investigation by the Boston Herald and Fox 25 that found about one-third of Massachusetts’ high-risk offenders -categorized as Level 3 – are skirting the sex offender registry law by providing phony or outdated addresses to the state’s Sex Offender Registry Board.”

(Jack Meyers and Jonathan Wells, “Round ‘Em Up,”  The Boston Herald, 11/7/03)

Legislature Immediately – And Unanimously – Overturned Romney Veto Of $240,000 In Funding For Sex Offender Registry Board.

“Authorities would get an extra $240,000 this year to help track the state’s worst sex offenders, under a measure approved Thursday by the House, whose Democratic leaders took issue with criticism from Gov. Mitt Romney. The unanimous vote was an override of one of Romney’s vetoes … The vote comes days after an investigation by the Boston Herald and WFXT-TV showed that Massachusetts has lost track of about one-third of its worst sex offenders because of false or outdated information about their home and work addresses.”

(Ken Maguire, “House Approves Funds To Track Sex Offenders,” The Associated Press, 11/6/03)

“The Senate Also Voted To Override A Romney Veto And Restore $240,000 To The Sex Offender Registry Board.”

(Steve LeBlanc, “House And Senate Debate Amendments To Supplemental Spending Plan,” The Associated Press, 11/13/03)

In 2005, Romney Again Vetoed Registration Fee For Sex Offenders Romney Vetoed Provision Requiring Sexual Offenders To Pay $75 Registration Fee.

“Gov. Mitt Romney signed the state’s $23.8 billion budget into law on Thursday, but vetoed about $110 million dollars in spending that he deemed ineffective or wasteful. … Romney also got rid of a $75 fee that sexual offenders would have been required to pay when they registered with the state.”

(Theo Emery, “Governor Signs Budget, But Strips About $110Million,” The Associated Press, 6/30/05)

State Legislature Upheld Romney’s Veto.

“Lawmakers let stand Romney’s veto of a $75 fee that sexual offenders would have been required to pay when they registered with the state. The administration said the fee would have discouraged offenders from registering.”

(“House And Senate Override Romney Budget Vetoes,” The Associated Press, 7/20/05)

In November 2006, Romney Unilaterally Cut Sex Offender Registry Funds Before Leaving Office Weeks Before Leaving Office, Romney Again Cut The Budget Of The Sex Offender Registry Board.

“In a final splash before leaving the corner office, Gov. Mitt Romney yesterday slashed $425 million from the current year’s budget, saying the Legislature’s irresponsible spending left him no choice. … Included in Romney’s cuts are several items that Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey — who ran for governor on public safety issues — would likely have objected to prior to Election Day: funding for the state police crime lab, the Sex Offender Registry Board…”

(Rebecca Fater, “Romney Slashes State’s Spending,” The Berkshire Eagle, 11/11/06)


Romney “Adamantly” Opposes Raising Taxes For Social Security Romney Said Tax Increases Are Not The Solution.

“Mitt Romney told small business leaders in South Carolina on Friday that tax increases are not the solution to Social Security.”

(Meg Kinnard, “Romney Stresses Business Leadership During S.C. Campaign Stop,” The Associated Press, 4/13/07)

Romney:  “The lever we don’t pull is the tax lever.”

(Meg Kinnard, “Romney Stresses Business Leadership During S.C.Campaign Stop,” The Associated Press, 4/13/07)

Romney “Adamantly” Opposes New Payroll Taxes.

“Romney has been adamantly opposed to a new payroll tax on businesses.”

(Scott Helman, “Mass. Bill Requires Health Insurance,” The Boston Globe, 4/4/06)

As Presidential Candidate, Romney Is Not Advocating Clear Solution For Social Security Romney Has Not Offered “Specific Proposal To Keep Program Solvent.”

“Romney: Wants to reform Social Security for younger workers. Did not offer specific proposal to keep program solvent. ‘It is past time for Republicans and Democrats to come together and agree on a solution, instead of kicking the can down the road for some future generation to solve.’”

(“GOP Issues,” The State, 5/13/07)

Romney Called For Independent Panel To Fix Social Security.

“Gov. Mitt Romney said Friday that because of a partisan divide on the issue, it’s probably not a bad idea to turn Social Security reform over to an independent panel similar to the one that recommended military base closings.”

(Mike Glover, “Romney: Independent Panel May Best Reform Social Security,” Associated Press, 8/25/06)

Romney:  “If there’s a partisan divide, then we may have to move to a (base closing) kind of approach to end up with a solution that makes sure that we honor the expectations of our seniors, but also doesn’t put us in the position where we can’t honor the promises that are being made to 30- year-olds and 40-year-olds.”

(Mike Glover, “Romney: Independent Panel May Best Reform Social Security,” Associated Press, 8/25/06)

Romney “Intrigued” By President Bush’s Reform Plan Romney “Intrigued” By Robert Posen’s Plan For “Progressive Indexation” And Personal Savings Accounts.

“Aides say Romney is also intrigued by the ideas of Democrat Robert Pozen, chairman of Boston-based MFS Investment Management and a member of Bush’s 2001 Social Security Commission. Pozen’s“progressive indexation” plan would maintain the current Social Security benefit formula for the poor while providing gradual benefit reductions for wealthier individuals. People who receive reduced benefits would be able to put as much as 2 percent of their pay into private investment accounts, a favorite Bush idea.”

(“Romney, Battered Over Social Issues, Shifts Focus To Economics,” Salt Lake Tribune, 2/7/07)

Romney Hired Architects Of President Bush’s Social Security Plan.

“Many on Romney’s economic team worked for President Bush, including Glen Hubbard, the former chairman of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers, and Robert Posen, who helped craft the president’s failed 2005 plan to reform Social Security with private accounts.”

(Fox News’ “Special Report ,” 2/7/07)

Romney: Personal Savings Accounts “The Right Kind Of Ideas.”

CNBC’s LARRY KUDLOW: “And just in the last few seconds, sir, Bush’s ownership ideas, 401(k)s for retirement, IRA’s for Social Security, health savings accounts for healthcare, are those things you would favor?”

ROMNEY: “Those are the right kinds of ideas. Give Americans the opportunities to save, to invest in an ownership society. Let them have participation in the future of this country. And it’s an economic growth so–so we’re all pulling in same direction.”

(CNBC’s “Kudlow And Company,”3/22/06)

“Romney Saw Social Security As A Political Opportunity.

“Romney said governors want Washington to tackle problems created by the looming baby boom retirement and growing pressure on programs for the poor. … ‘We have an enormous age wave about to hit our safety net programs, our senior programs … How do we deal with that? Now is a political opportunity.’”

(Dan Balz, “GOP Governors Want A Seat At The Table,” The Washington Post, 11/22/04)

Romney Now Weighing “Deep Cuts” To Social Security After Opposing Any Cuts During ‘94 Senate Race In 1994, Romney Promised No Cuts To Social Security. “

In 1994, when Mitt Romney ran for U.S. Senate, he said he would not cut Social Security to meet his goal of balancing the federal budget.”

(ABC’s “This Week,” 10/16/94)

Romney:  “I don’t think you go back and rewrite the contract the government has with people who’ve retired.”

(ABC’s “This Week,” 10/16/94)

Running For President In 2007, Romney Is Now Reportedly “Weighing Deep Cuts” To Social Security.

“[Romney] is weighing deep cuts in automatic-benefit programs such as Medicare and Social Security.”

(Heidi Przybyla, “Romney, Battered Over Social Issues, Shifts Focus to Economics,” Bloomberg News, 2/7/07)

Romney Considered Cutting Fixed Income Retirement For Workers. “

Instead of the traditional pension program that state-government employees, firefighters, teachers, and municipal workers rely on — a program that traces its roots to 1910 — Romney proposes one modeled after the 401(k) plans popular in the private sector.Romney’s staff says he wants to bring a more entrepreneurial spirit to the government work force, enticing people who aren’t looking for a job for life and would be able to take their 401(k) contributions with them when they move between the private and public sectors.”

(Kimberly Blanton, “Massachusetts Governor May Eliminate Fixed Retirement Income for Workers,” The Boston Globe, 3/30/03)

Romney Has Attracted Criticism For His Changing Positions On Social Security

“From abortion, to gay marriage, to gun rights, to tax cuts, to immigration reform, to Social Security — even his own political heroes –Romney has switched his positions on just about every issue in this campaign.”

(Heidi Przybyla, “Romney, Battered Over Social Issues, Shifts Focus To Economics,” Bloomberg News, 2/7/07

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