September 12th, 2008
05:03 PM ET
12 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. Palin 2012

    No more screaming angry Hillary voters. We have won this without your help pumas!!!!!!!! Go home,

    Palin 2012

    September 12, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  2. anyonmous

    mccain will losse when the economy reaches 90 percent mccain will lose

    September 12, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  3. Breck

    More McCain lies. How can we trust this man to ruin-I mean, run America?

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

    gop crook

    September 12, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  5. Lance

    John McCain stands a fifty percent chance of croaking in his first term.

    There's not a bookie in Vegas that would bet on our chances if Sarah Palin had to take over.

    Go back to playing craps on your own time John.

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

    people don't have to march in lock step with one another, people can have differing opinions, McCain is the top of the ticket, it's his position that counts. We know with obama, sometimes he supports something, the next day he doesn't, so I wouldn't count on his support for stem cell research. He could say he's for it today, but think he could gets votes tomorrow by being against it. It would be just like FISA. One thing he is consistent on, and that's his ability to demean women, I wonder why he seems to hold working women in such disdain, maybe he felt neglected as a child, he does seem to want constant attention and adoration.

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

    Of course it doesnt mention she is against stem cell research. The McCain campaign is following a recent pattern. They are liars.

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

    So how exactly is McCain going to get the conservative side, Palin's side, to jump aboard stem cell?

    If McCain couldn't even pick a Vice President that HE wanted, how does he expect his administration to be run?

    September 12, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  9. Sally from Cali

    Lies of omission.

    Ben Franklin said, "Never buy a pig in a poke."

    September 12, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  10. Big D

    McCain's ads have contained so many lies, and often lies that have already been debunked. Factcheck now says that McCain has an ad that lies about Factcheck said about a prior debunked lie. So I'm just not going to pay any more attention to McCain's ads. McCain just doesn't have the integrity required to run an honest campaign. They obviously don't care that their statements are lies – they just want to get elected. McCain – please see your colleague Joe Biden about how to serve long-term with integrity and honesty!

    September 12, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  11. Jude

    from Governor to VP, God forbid president, and she doesn't need to consult with her family... that is one exceptional hockey mom... its cool she can handle it, its not like she's running for "President"... its just VP, all you have to do is stand there and look pretty, uh like Vanna White. Whats over a million lives and lots of major decision making, hanging over your shoulders, its nothing an Alaskan hockey mom can't handle.

    "The Vice Presidency is sort of like the last cookie on the plate. Everybody insists he won't take it, but somebody always does." Bill Vaughn

    September 12, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  12. Palin is not a champion for women's issues

    palin can't pronounce nuclear (MCPalBush), lied about issuing orders to the national guard....instead of honestly admitting she doesn't know what the bush doctrine is, she dances around the question....on her earmarks argument she said in the interview it's okay as long is it is in open and in plain sight....and on the trail she accuses obama of pork spending despite the fact that he disclosed his earmark requests....Palin is farce...point blank!!!! She is not the fighter women need.

    September 12, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  13. A Woman In California For Obama:

    I am so sick of her lies, I'm not even going to comment. By now, every logical/intelligent person out there knows she's lying.

    September 12, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  14. GO SARAH!

    She's not against all stem cell research....only embryonic stem cells.

    Please go check out Charlie Gibson's first interview with Obama. What a cheesecake interview. What a joke! "Who is Barrack Obama?"

    Why such hostility towards Sarah Palin, VP choice, yet Obama gets a cheesecake interview running for President????

    September 12, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  15. dj in miami

    wow their ticket isnt united.... Once again he should vetted her

    September 12, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |

    Mcbush you have lost the honor that you had in my eyes.. you are not a real american.. you are a selfish man.....sory you lost my vote by your liessssssssssss....

    September 12, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  17. Len

    Honesty and change you can count on.

    McCain/Palin 2008

    September 12, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  18. April in Texas

    Geez it seems they should have discussed several issues they differ on.. What about hte polar bears and ANWAR, abortions, global warming and other things? Sounds like both will be fighting to push the go to war button.. (just naming a few) GOOD GRIEF!

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 12, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  19. Annette, Washington, DC

    Why no mention of VP nominee Palin platform on stem cell? Another fabrication. A vote for McCain is insane.

    September 12, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  20. mdrift

    Get it through your heads. VP candidates don't sit in the Oval Office. They give advice and represent the US abroad.

    Dick Cheney never should have been given the powers of the Executive Branch, by George W. Bush.

    Too bad people were too paranoid about 9/11 and fear driven to notice, until it was way too late.

    September 12, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  21. Moderate Republican for Obama

    I just saw clips from the Palin and Gibson interview. ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!! Palin looked like a student who poorly studied for their Vice President 101 Final Exam. This is not American Idol or America's Got Talent. This person will potentially be a heartbeat away from the most important political office in the world. Palin didn't even know what the Bush Doctrine was, a doctrine solely responsible for the Middle East mess that we are involved in right now. Palin thinks that being close to Russia gives her a distinct knowledge of their affairs. I simply cannot believe that any rational, intelligent, and thinking red-blooded American would support the McCain-Palin ticket. What's even more amazing is that a considerable number of Americans are doing just that! WOW! Perhaps my faith in the American People is dangerously misplaced. I hope and pray to God that Dems, Moderates and Independents who know better, and Republicans who know better do not allow McCain-Palin to run this country. At this point, even a Third Party candidate would be better than this horrible ticket!

    September 12, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  22. jason, tx

    H – Y – P – O – C – R – I – T – E

    September 12, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  23. roger nc

    This guy must be senile or what.. Cmon mcsame do you think that we are stupid...

    September 12, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  24. Jim

    so she is sacrificing her values for the sake of trying to win the election. That says a lot about her.

    September 12, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  25. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    It doesn't sound like an attack ad. Amazing!

    September 12, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
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