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. Brian

    "On the pinhead front, 16-year-old Jamie Lynn Spears is pregnant... Now most teens are pinheads in some ways. But here the blame falls primarily on the parents of the girl, who obviously have little control over her"

    How dare the MSM treat teenage pregnancy this way. All conservatives should unite and DEMAND this "journalist" be fired NOW!

    September 12, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  2. Palin could hurt women's progression, with poor performance

    Women are so excited to finally have a woman in the white house. However, has anyone realized the damage she could do if she is a lame duck. Women will be set back and viewed as a gender that couldn't get it done. If Palin isn't exceptional, it may even damage Hillary Clinton's chances in the future. Women activist probably should wait until they are sure they are putting a strong female into the white house. They should wait for Clinton.

    Brandon McMullen

    September 12, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  3. Kent, Illinois

    I'd like to know Palin's opinion about what she would do if her child was hurt and in the hospital in critical condition. Would she let the hospital help her child? Or would it be God's will if the child didn't make it? Will she care about us Americans needing healthcare? If she doesn't believe in "saving" someone in the hospital?

    Because of people like Obama in Illinois we have something close to universal healthcare. All kids are covered free of charge. Do you like that mothers? Obama/Biden 08

    September 12, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  4. Michael G-Ventura ca

    Is the mccain-palin campaign of ever telling the WHOLE TRUTH and NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH? Is this 2004 revisited?
    Such liars!
    EIGHT IS (more than) ENOUGH!

    September 12, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  5. Perla

    "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.' "

    Unless, of course, McBush were to die, and then the extremist theocratic beauty queen would have HER way!

    Come on, people, be sane. You can't want her in the White House. Make her the Almighty Prom Queen, but keep her out of your children's future.

    September 12, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  6. Voter

    Hard to believe, Mr. McCain, with Sarah snarling around out there with the opposite pitch...Maybe a muzzle would help your campaign.

    September 12, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  7. Eric

    No news here, she is not suppose to say anything she is not given a script to. Just goes to show she is not the reformer she claims to be if she is willing to bow down on her own beliefs just to "believe she will" win an election. Greed never pays off in the end.

    September 12, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  8. David Peter

    Hypocracy is Sarah Palin

    September 12, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  9. Darren

    Gee, I'd like to believe her, but I'm thinking her lips were moving when she said this.

    September 12, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  10. maynard hopkins wi

    McCain just won the presidency because of his stem cell research. this is just one item there are many more like Palin belonging to the N.R,A, and prolife
    America can once again be the leading nation.

    Obama go hide your head in a corner and wear your Abric Garb....
    this man is dangerous to the United States.

    September 12, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  11. meck

    That is just one of the many things where she disagrees with her running mate.
    Did anyone listen to her speech in Alaska?? She says her son is going to Iraq to defend America against the people who planned and carried out the attack on America. Hold on a second....IRAQ DIDNT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH 9-11.

    Do you want this woman as VP.??///

    Meck, Vanc.

    September 12, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  12. mitchell

    another mccain/palin flip flop.

    September 12, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  13. Tony

    McCain and Palin, Palin is the type of republican McCain has been trying to fight against, but now he needs her politically. Nice pander.

    September 12, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  14. Republican NOT voting for McCain/Palin

    Why won't McCain/Palin tell the truth on issues and where they stand.?
    Why to they lie and deceive the people?
    They lie and tell half truths.
    Why won't McCain release his military records?
    Why won't they release their tax forms?

    The whole world is watching.

    Obama/Biden for the American People.

    September 12, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  15. Gary

    Stem-Cells!!! Well that is good for medical science....but I find it very contradicting that Palin now supports it. COME ON!!!! Does she even have her own views.....apparently not. She now believes global warming is manmade, now she is probably for stem-cell research. Talk about flopping....Mccains campaign is full of lies and the duty of the press to give the American people these facts. America we are smarter than what the McCain campaing thinks!!! McCain only cares about winning....if he does it is a victory for Republicans.....not America.

    September 12, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  16. S. Boatman

    The Republican Ticket Is Just Cocky Wacko!

    September 12, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  17. A voter

    It's clear to me that all McCain is using Palin for is to get elected. What, she is opposed to stem cell research? No problem. She is an evangelical Christian and that's about all her supporters need to know.

    September 12, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  18. MD Democrat

    This ticket is shameless! Must not have been THAT important to her.

    September 12, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  19. todd p

    so what happens after mccain checks out and its no longer the mccain-palin administration? does she then get to change the game and do what she wants?

    September 12, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  20. John Smith

    If CNN is really the Best, they should stop posting "pool of polls". Rather, they should be giving the country the Electoral College map.

    Gore and Kerry both had more than 2-3 points over Bush; today, Bush remains the Dumb president.

    If CNN had shown people the Electoral college information, Bush would never have won!!!

    I guess this nation is more important than my life savings–

    So, after 8 years of this mess, would you give this nation to
    —A war monger?
    —A VP who does not know her party's platform?
    —A VP with series of scandals, more than Sadam?
    —A President so old that he cannot even wave to his people
    —A Republican party so intent on killing the roots of government?
    —A party that believe strong that life at conception is more important than life that is lived in a meaninful way?

    September 12, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  21. Scott

    “He was the world's biggest celebrity, but his star's fading,” says the announcer. “So they lashed out at Sarah Palin. Dismissed her as ‘good looking.’ That backfired, so they said she was doing, ‘what she was told.’ Then desperately called Sarah Palin a liar.

    “How disrespectful. And how Governor Sarah Palin proves them wrong, every day.”

    –CNN Ticker item "McCain, Obama exchange fire in tough new ads, memo"

    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.

    –This Ticker entry

    Seems to give credibility to the notion that she is doing what she is told to do.

    September 12, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  22. Maggie

    If takes a pig with lipstick and an old fish wrapped with newspaper to shake up washington, lead in a bi-partisanship manner, tacke internal and external party corruption and bring government back to partner with the people then I'm voting for the pig and the fish.

    Vote for The Fish and the Pig in November! Be proud of America and Vote Mccain Palin 2008.

    September 12, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  23. Mike

    I mean....really. Do they think we are that stupid? Are we? Hey America – are we THIS stupid to actually buy what they are trying to sell here?

    For the first time in my life I am considering just moving to another country. If the people of America elect this Circus to the highest office in the world, then America deserves what it will get.

    Obama 08, please....for the future!

    September 12, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  24. BK

    Well Obama/Biden also backs stem cell research but has a more proven record of pushing for it versus Palin having to put her opposition 'on the back burner'. Why would they even bother bringing this up? They are weak compared to Democrats in the eyes of people that are for stem cell research and just drew bad attention to themselves in the eyes of those that don't.

    September 12, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  25. Reality sets in

    She put morality, honesty and truth on the back burner as well.

    September 12, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
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