September 12th, 2008
05:03 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain stem cell ad doesn't mention Palin's opposition

Palin's position on stem cell research is at odds with McCain's.
Palin's position on stem cell research is at odds with McCain's.

WASILLA, Alaska (CNN) – Sarah Palin is putting her opposition to stem cell research on the back burner for the sake of the Republican ticket.

John McCain's campaign released a radio ad Friday that calls he and Palin "mavericks" who will, if elected, back stem cell research "to help free families from the fear and devastation of illness."

"Medical breakthroughs to help you get better, faster," says the radio ad, which according to the campaign is running in key battleground states. "Change is coming. McCain, Palin and congressional allies. The leadership and experience to really change Washington and improve your health."

McCain and his campaign have said the senator supports research that uses stem cells, including the embyronic variety. But Palin does not.

Questioned about the issue in a debate during the 2006 race for Alaska governor, Palin invoked her "pro-life position" and referred to "that centeredness that I have of respecting life and the potential of every human life."

She added that she could not support research that "would ultimately end in destruction of life."

Palin's spokesperson Maria Comella confirmed those remarks constitute Palin's position, but said that "a McCain-Palin administration will be pro-stem cell research."

Even though Palin opposes it?

"Yep," Comella said.

soundoff (204 Responses)
  1. Sue, NY

    There is not change here...just clones of Bush/Cheney!

    September 13, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. Robert

    Palin is a foo foo bunny. She likes to play the martyre, and she likes to only hire friends and family in a job, everyone else is a low life.

    September 14, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  3. Robert

    ...also she is high maintenance..... no money no honey probably applies to her.

    September 14, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  4. JC

    McCain is a Liar and I do not Trust him to make any decisions for me or my family. My Vote is for BARACK OBAMA for President!!

    September 15, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
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