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. MKP

    It absolutely frightens me that my fellow Repubs can't see through this ploy. I am even more frightened that this woman could become President, given Sen McCain's age and health, with so little knowledge of most issues, unpolished, and such a black-or-white view. This will probably be my first year voting for a Democrat. I find myself listening more intently to Sen Obama on the issues now, because this woman even as VP is just too "out there" for me.

    September 12, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  2. McCain/Palin

    There has been more success with adult stem cells than embryonic stem cells. You don't have to kill a baby to save somebodys life. I support John McCain even though I disagree with him on this issue. We all have to answer to God for the things we do in this life.

    September 12, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  3. Jason, OH

    Great!!!! Since she's in the backpeddling mood, maybe she can endorse Pro-Choice Rights now!!!

    Whooopppiieee!!! Validation of being the worst VP selection continues.

    September 12, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  4. lynn

    In her interviews, Gov. Palin reveals a total lack of understanding of world affairs, avoided asking questions directly, has shifting positions on everything from not believing global warming is man made to now accepting it, was not against the Bridge to Nowhere until it was not going to be accepted, being against earmarks made by lobbyists even though she hired a lobbyist to get 23 million dollars for her small town but took the money anyway and now is taking lines about reducing abortions through adoption and other programs right from basic democratic principals especially brought out in the primaries.

    During her speeches she presents herself as maverick; during these interviews we see a candidate as a camelion: changing and swaying strictly for political adavantage.

    How can you trust a person who shifts so much you don't know what she stands for. These aren't flip flops; these are the remarks of someone who sdoes not know the issues and is an opportunist.

    Hopefully for the sake of America, voters will honestly, and with their heads and with their country first will reject this person who does not have the skills, knowledge or credibility to be anywhere near the White House.

    September 12, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  5. BS

    In my view, the evangelical voters are attracted to a Palin Administration because they are hurting with this economy and want their pain to end now. I think those people will be disappointed and disillusioned.

    Many of the Republicans struck me as angry people (Rudy G and Tom Delay)

    Hopefully, McCain,72, will finally retire.

    September 12, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  6. Texico From Mexico


    listen up folks, is there any way we can trade the middle section of the Untied States for say...India? If we did at least our IQ's would go up about 50 points on average. It is really sad commentary that anyone would actually vote for a party that has already struck out twice! Just what does McCain bring to the table? He has refused to go into depth on ANY issue which tells me the voter that he is for basically staying the course. Also, it is apparent what is going on here, this country is more racist than it even realizes. Anyone with half a brain would see that the GOP has stolen every idea and turned it to an advantage. Great, nice campaining but it soes nothing for us the average person in this country! Its not going to give us Health Care, its not going to give us better benfits for Veterans, its not going to provide a long term energy plan. I thought we were a country moving forward? Repeal Roe V Wade, get rid of Stem Cell reasearch etc. isnt that actually going backward?

    Veterans for Obama

    September 12, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  7. Honest Citizen

    As a UK citizen enjoying the US election coverage I just raise the question: shouldn't there be a law introduced to prevent politicians lying during political campaigns? It could be asworn oath given before they run for office, similar to being on oath in giving testimony in court? Lying would then be tantamount to perjury but against the American people, and the charge for such an act could be expulsion as a candidate. After all you cannot simply make things up and expect people to make an informed choice in elections it amounts to deception in order to try and get elected. McCain needs to stop lying and campaign honestly by telling the truth.

    September 12, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  8. Ian

    Just goes to show that she won't stand up for anything.

    I don't care what anybody says, I'm voting third party this year.

    September 12, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  9. Nick

    Aren't VP running mates supposed to compliment the presidental nominee?

    September 12, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  10. Lipstick Wearer for Obama

    What an odd couple.
    But the average white american doesn't care about this. they are too stupid to understand the bush doctrine or know about NATO...all this according to CNN. She is a hockey mom, that's all that matters.

    September 12, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  11. independent

    hypocrites and liars. why is it that republicans hate facts?

    September 12, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  12. John .A

    what do you expect, McCain of 2008 unlike McCain of 2000 will say or do anything to win even if he has to tell bold face lies and blame it on Obama not joining him on his Town Hall meetings or debates, that is childish, its like saying i'm going to throw mud at you because you didn't agree to play a game of fools balls my way

    September 12, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |

    Post the comments, CNN! Or do we need to start blogging "The View" since they seem to be the only media outlet that will ask real questions and provide real information to the American people?

    September 12, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  14. Mark, Vivian La

    heaven forbid a Pres and VP don't agree 100% on all the issues!

    Seriously, does the VP have to a yes man, or yes woman on all the issues?

    September 12, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  15. Harut

    That is going to hurt them badly!

    September 12, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  16. CJG

    So for the sake of winning an election she changes her views! Mmmmmm, that sure sounds like reform to me! Yup , that is change for sure!

    September 12, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  17. ChrisParks, Buffalo NY

    Say and do anything!!

    September 12, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  18. Darryl

    Such a liar:

    Palin sought $197 million in so-called "earmarks" for 2009. In the previous budget year, she asked for earmarks worth $256 million

    September 12, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  19. Patrick of Albany NY

    so basically, it's a lie, because Palin would not back that if she ended up in the Oval office.

    September 12, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  20. Caesar from Bama


    September 12, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  21. carol kesling

    i say drop her from the ticket, she doesnt believe in anything that helps anyone.. she is going to syick her nose in everyone buisness!!! she has no right to tell people how to run their lives!!!! SHE CANT EVEN RUN HER OWN LIFE!!!! all the skeltons are FLYING out of closets!!!!! shes bad news for this country.... already got a itchy trigger finger towards russia!!! got alot bad things circulating about her right now..... WAY TO VET MCSAME!!!!!!

    September 12, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  22. Tony

    They don't agree on a lotta things, but I'm still voting for them.

    September 12, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  23. Belle1

    I only wish CNN were as committed to "vetting" Obama as they are to "vetting" Palin.

    It is somewhat hypocritical to accuse Palin not "being pure" on Earmarks, when Obama is RUNNING for President to eliminate Earmarks, and took his own fair share of them....but CNN glosses over that fact.

    Let's see, first year in office Alaska got $400 Million, and Palin also cut those requests down to $233 Million.

    The ONLY PURE candidate on EARMARKS appears to be John McCain.
    Biden requested $300 NEITHER VP is "Pure"

    September 12, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  24. Copperfield

    Palin has taught us a lot about politics these past few weeks.:

    1. If you're willing to lie about nearly everything you've ever done, you can be successful.

    2. If you can repeat a single response to multiple questions, you will trump all competition.

    3. If you can mispronounce important words which may seem simple, like "nuclear" over and over, you can relate to the common-man and innevitably be successful!

    4. If you have no issue using your soon to deploy child to a meat-grinder occupation as a voter-chip, you can surmount the opposition.

    5. If you can convince the media that you don't believe in dinosaurs and that science is a sham, well, you're in for a free ride provided purely by the extremist right!

    6. Finally, if anyone gets in your way, feel free to use your power of possision to pressure them out of a job!

    Thank you Sarah Palin, you're an inspiration to us all!

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 12, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  25. John Jon

    If the American people actually believe that McCain/Palin will change they way things in this country have been going, then by all means, vote for them. But when your economy slides further in the hole, thousands of lost jobs,health and education non existent, what are Americans going to say then, All those who voted for them will be the first to whine and complain. And one thing you should all take notice of. Woman in your country have fought hard and long for the things you have already accomplished. The majority of people, and a lot of them will be white american woman who will vote just to have a woman in the white house instead of the issues should know that when all this comes crumbling down, never will a woman ever enter a white house again, because it will be proof that woman cannot be responsible enough to vote for what is right for their country. This will set womens rights back 100 years and that people of America, is the true victim in all this farce.

    September 12, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
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