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. Aarash from CA

    Using a woman's popularity and good looks to win you votes and not allowing her to have any sort of say on the positiions. That's sexism.

    September 12, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  2. Ron was a REP now a DEM

    How does that set with the Envangelical community? Country first or is that get elected first

    September 12, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  3. Moe, NY

    I don't believe McCain...more lies as far as I am concerned. Anything to get elected McCain mentality.

    September 12, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  4. Earl

    I believe everyone here wants to know ALL the truth..not just bits

    So here are a few questions Ms Palin before the election:

    1. Since you were pregnant and you started to leak fluid, during a
    speech in Texas, you chose to finish your speech and then fly for
    11 hours back to Alaska. And then drive for 45 minutes to a hospital
    in a small town to have a baby with health problems.

    How so?...you would think that you would want the best care possible
    for yourself and the baby at a large city to handle your needs.

    2. I read in your newspaper that you gave birth to a 6lb 2oz baby boy.
    Which you have told us that he was born 4 weeks premature.

    Does a premature baby not weigh less if premature?..just asking.
    Did you transport yourself and baby to a neo-natal unit because he was premature?..No because you were back to work 3 days after giving birth. THAT'S ODD

    3.Why are all the family pictures taken off the govt and other websites?

    Are there things there you don't want us to see?...Too late we've already seen them.

    4. It's odd that the only baby's parents name that was born in the hospital on that day was definitely NOT Palin. Newspapers are printed

    Looks like the MSM hasn't the gazoo's to check on these questions because the Repub will call it "sexist"

    HERE'S MY TAKE ON IT....

    You got a phone call when in Texas that Bristol was going into labor, so you booted it for home to make a good coverup.

    Either there are going to be a lot of people perjure themselves, either way you and McWar are in a whole pile of hurt.

    WAIT FOR IT.....NATIONAL ENQUIRE IS DOING MSM'S HOMEWORK

    September 12, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  5. TheTruthHurts

    Good for him. Finally a policy. Just note that if he croaks the policy will change.

    September 12, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  6. Pennsylvania Voter

    I don't understand how you can be pro-life and be for embryonic stem cells.

    If they are babies, they are babies.

    If life begins and conception (and embryos are past conception), they are babies.

    And if you are using babies for SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH, how can you live with yourself? Are you not doing exactly what you accuse others of doing, killing innocent life? How does this not make him a hypocrite? It makes no sense.

    September 12, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  7. diana

    What a crook!

    September 12, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  8. STOP LYING MCCAIN

    LYING AGAIN.....ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 12, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  9. Mississippi Man

    I'm tired of the republicans keep america in the stone age. If something ever happen to McCain, i fear what President Palin would do. I'm not a democrat, but I would rather have a President I don't agree with, then one I FEAR

    McCain's judgement in selecting her, just shows how some washington politicians put politics first and the country last.

    No More

    Rednecks for Obama/Biden

    September 12, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  10. Yikes

    McCain picked Palin put contest over the security of our beautiful country! God help us!

    September 12, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  11. Phil in Texas

    What a joke!!!! This coming from the same man that says Roe vs. Wade was a BIG mistake!!!! I don't believe a word THEY say!!!
    I don't trust her one bit, I really believe she uses her power in a bad way!! Seems like there are more than a few people in Wasilla that were afraid of her!!!!
    No Way!! No How!! No McCain/Palin!!!

    September 12, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  12. ully

    Sarah Palin is a shining star...really! thats why democart attack her by media from many site! but no doubt to vote her and Mc cain!

    September 12, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  13. Jon

    That's McCain Say anything , the AP came out today saying in my own words McCain ads are lies do not beleive a word.

    September 12, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  14. TCE

    Just how many LIES, DECEPTIONS AND DISTORTIONS can the American people withstand! Are people so numbed to the lies that came with the Bush administration or people frankly just stupid?

    September 12, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  15. A CANUCK

    CONGRATULATIONS PALEN.......YOUR FIRST OFFICIAL FLIP-FLOP !!!

    September 12, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  16. Victoria Anderson - Seattle, Washington

    Obama/Biden 08. That's all I have to say!!!

    September 12, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  17. OBAMA GET'S IT!

    THESE TWO ARE JUST A PLAIN MESS NO MATTER HOW YOU SHAKE EM UP AND LET THE FALL OUT!

    BOTH OF THEM ARE NO MORE THAN OPPORTUNISTS THAT AIN'T GIVING A CRAP ABOUT PRINCPLES OR POLYCIES THEY JUST WANT TO WIN THE PRIZE AND LABELED THE WINNERS, THEY WILL FIGURE IT ALL OUT ONCE THEY GET IN THERE. JUST VOTE!

    September 12, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  18. Yikes

    McCain's pick of Palin has put party over country. If you didn't see how unprepared Sarah is in her interview, then you weren't watching. God help us!

    September 12, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  19. anyonmous

    she will loose she will never get in the white house palin

    September 12, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  20. MarioB. from Berlin FOR OBAMA

    flip floppers are coming to ya...
    but Obama rides to White House. You'll see.
    The magical fairy dust surrounding McFailin justs get weaker and will soon disappear after the debates ;) and of course on Oct. 31 when result of troopergate are revealed!

    OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT

    September 12, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  21. Deena Larsen

    Ok. McCain would allow stemcell research, but his VP would not.

    McCain is for change, but he has spent the last few years voting over 90 percent with Bush–so he hasn't changed.

    McCain is a living flip-flop.

    September 12, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  22. Chris

    What about Palin? You're a DISHONERABLE, DISHONEST, DISPICABLE LIAR, John McCain. You're nothing more. And Sarah Palin had better watch her back. The wolves are most certainly out. We will destroy you before you destroy our beautiful country.

    Americans for America, Obama, and Biden '08!!!

    September 12, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  23. Billy

    Say anything to get elected.

    These two are just plain dirty.

    September 12, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  24. jerry, San Francisco, CA

    Neither rain nor sleet nor snow nor Ike can keep the McCain/Palin machine from their daily round of lies.

    September 12, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  25. VETERAN FOR OBAMA/BIDEN

    What else is new? I would be overjoyed just to hear this campaign tell the TRUTH, WHOLE TRUTH, AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH!!!

    Republicans/Democrats/Independents/Women who were on the fence, now's your chance to bail out on the McCain/Palin ticket. Take the out!!

    September 12, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
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