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McCain launches pro-stem cells ad
The Hill ^ | 9/12/08 | Jeffrey Young

Posted on 09/12/2008 9:42:44 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

Republican presidential nominee John McCain debuted a radio ad Friday designed to declare his unequivocal support for stem cell research.

McCain voted in the Senate to expand federal funding for the controversial research but Democrats and advocates of the science have expressed concern that McCain’s support has wavered.

Not so, according to the radio spot and a McCain spokesman.

The ad does not specifically refer to embryonic research, which is opposed by most politicians and activists who, like McCain, do not support abortion rights.

The omission is not a signal that McCain is backing away from his record in favor of embryonic stem cell research, spokesman Brian Rogers said.

“Clearly, John McCain supports it,” he said, emphasizing that the ad is intended to refer to all forms of stem cell research, including experiments using human embryos and those using cells from adults.

The Obama campaign dismissed the radio spot, charging that McCain should have fought harder when President Bush twice vetoed stem cells legislation and that his choice of Palin signifies weak support for embryonic stem cell research.

"While it’s good that that Sen. McCain says he supports stem cell research, it would be far better for the millions of Americans awaiting new cures if he had shown leadership when it really mattered: when he chose his running mate and when he failed to marshal his allies to override the president’s veto,” Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) said in a statement issued by the Obama campaign. "There’s only one team in this race with a real commitment to expanding stem cell research, and that’s Barack Obama and Joe Biden," said Langevin, a longtime stem cell research advocate who is paralyzed from the waist down as a result of injury.

The ad posits stem cell research as something that will “unlock the mystery” of cancer, diabetes and heart disease and “help free families from the fear and devastation of illness.”

“John McCain will lead his congressional allies to improve America's health,” the ad said.

“Stem cell research to help doctors repair spinal cord damage, knee injuries, serious burns. Stem cell research to help stroke victims.”

Scientists believe that stem cells derived from embryos can be programmed to replace virtually any cell in the human body, thus enabling breakthroughs in treatments for countless ailments.

McCain’s views would prevail were he to win the White House, Rogers said, regardless of reports that his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, opposes embryonic stem cell research.

The McCain-Palin campaign and the Republican National Committee co-sponsored the ad.

Despite the ad’s reference to McCain’s allies in Congress, most Republican lawmakers voted against overturning Bush’s limits on federal funding for the research. The bill passed Congress twice anyway, only to be vetoed by Bush.

The launch of the ad comes just days after Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Joe Biden criticized McCain and Palin for their stance on embryonic stem cell research.

Democratic presidential nominee Obama (Ill.) and fellow Sens. McCain (Ariz.) and Biden (Del.) all voted in favor of legislation to expand federal funding for embryonic stem cell research several times between 2005 and 2007. Such funding is strictly limited under a policy established by President Bush seven years ago.

Nevertheless, Obama’s campaign has sought to portray McCain’s support as shallow, noting the Republican Party platform calls for an out-and-out ban on embryonic stem cell research.

McCain, in turn, has said little about embryonic stem cell research — which is opposed by much of the conservative base — during his run for the presidency.

Biden started Tuesday’s spat with remarks made at a rally in St. Louis. “I hear all this talk about how the Republicans are going to work in dealing with parents who have both the joy … and the difficulty of raising a child who has a developmental disability, who were born with a birth defect,” Biden said, according to press accounts. “Well, guess what, folks? If you care about it, why don't you support stem cell research?” he said.

McCain’s camp fired back, accusing Biden of disparaging Palin, whose infant son has Down syndrome. Obama’s campaign rejected the charge.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: ads; electionads; embryonic; launches; mccain; mccainpalin; stemcells

1 posted on 09/12/2008 9:42:44 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Senator Biden, have you read A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift? Wouldn’t it be true that eating round plump human babies would solve a population’s famine problem? Embryonic stem cells, same thing.


2 posted on 09/12/2008 9:45:18 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: NormsRevenge

McCain shouldn’t go near the embryonic stem cell question. It is a mistake.


3 posted on 09/12/2008 9:46:45 PM PDT by frogjerk (MSM: We will not question Obama bin Biden...)
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To: NormsRevenge
“Clearly, John McCain supports it,” he said, emphasizing that the ad is intended to refer to all forms of stem cell research, including experiments using human embryos and those using cells from adults.

This is the reason that my family will not be voting for John McCain this year. If Sarah Palin were at the top of the ticket then we would support her.

John McCain needs to repent of his support of embryonic stem cell research or he will be losing votes in November.

4 posted on 09/12/2008 9:50:38 PM PDT by politicket (Palin-tology: (n) - The science of kicking Barack Obambi's butt!)
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To: frogjerk
Yesterday he was listing his accomplishments, and one of them he was proud of was Campaign Finance Reform.

CFR was a horrible mistake.

As is embryonic stem cell research.

5 posted on 09/12/2008 9:52:10 PM PDT by Syncro (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: NormsRevenge

Sigh, every time one starts to get excited about McCain, he comes up with something that just makes one shake one’s head and say McCain’s being McCain again. Another such moment was when he praised Obama’s community organizing work as “outstanding” the other day. Oh well, on the whole, I’d much rather have him than Obama, so I’ll still vote for him.


6 posted on 09/12/2008 9:52:22 PM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: frogjerk

Agreed. However, at Saddleback, he did seem to be backing away from Embryonic a bit. If he can talk about non-embryonic stem cell research, then it could help him.


7 posted on 09/12/2008 9:52:36 PM PDT by Blogger
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To: NormsRevenge

Is McCain trying to blow it?

Embryonic stem cell research, man-made global warming...these are issues where average Americans want to hear the truth.

I tell ya, if McCain supports embryonic stem cell research after all the new findings that show adult stem cells can be used instead...he’s crazy.

There’s no way Sarah Palin can support it.


8 posted on 09/12/2008 9:52:58 PM PDT by rightinthemiddle (Without the Mainstream Media, the Left is Nothing.)
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To: frogjerk
Catholic Church NOT Opposed to Stem Cell Research
9 posted on 09/12/2008 9:54:49 PM PDT by LibFreeUSA (..)
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To: Blogger

“If he can talk about non-embryonic stem cell research, then it could help him.”

It’s weird, because McCain’s website says that he opposes the creation of human embryos for stem cell research. It also says that he is advocating adult stem cell research. I’m a little confused of McCain’s position right now.

I will still vote for him because we CAN’T let Obama win in November!


10 posted on 09/12/2008 9:55:09 PM PDT by wk4bush2004
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To: Unam Sanctam

He’s not being McCain again, he always was and always will be McCain...he just wants to get elected.

Who can honestly believe that anything a candidate says after the primaries, is anything other than what they think is necessary to get elected?


11 posted on 09/12/2008 9:55:35 PM PDT by stuartcr (Election year.....Who we gonna hate, in '08?)
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To: NormsRevenge
The ad does not specifically refer to embryonic research, which is opposed by most politicians and activists who, like McCain, do not support abortion rights.

They will just have to ask him his specific thoughts on this. Hopefully he will use the opportunity to explain the successes of non-embryonic types of stem cell research and the failures of embryonic stem cell therapies.

12 posted on 09/12/2008 9:56:11 PM PDT by TigersEye (Buckhead of the Bikini-clad Barracuda)
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To: Blogger
Agreed. However, at Saddleback, he did seem to be backing away from Embryonic a bit. If he can talk about non-embryonic stem cell research, then it could help him.

Sarah, talk some sense into McCain. This is why I am voting for the ticket, new conservative blood and counsel.

13 posted on 09/12/2008 9:56:17 PM PDT by frogjerk (MSM: We will not question Obama bin Biden...)
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To: LibFreeUSA

I’ve seen Fr. Tadeusz Pacholczyk on EWTN’s “World Over” and he is excellent. Thanks for the link.


14 posted on 09/12/2008 9:59:27 PM PDT by frogjerk (MSM: We will not question Obama bin Biden...)
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To: NormsRevenge

The Left’s support for embryonic stem cell research is not about curing people...it’s about protecting their love for abortion.

Man-made climate change isn’t about protecting the environment...it’s about the Left’s hatred of capitalism and industry.

How can McCain fall for this crap? Who in the McCain camp is telling him these are winning propositions? I think someone is trying to sabotage his campaign.

Cap & trade. Amnesty for illegals. Now this, again. John, the only reason you look good is because Obama looks so bad and Sarah looks really good.


15 posted on 09/12/2008 9:59:30 PM PDT by rightinthemiddle (Without the Mainstream Media, the Left is Nothing.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Wow. McLame is such an idiot. He has some momentum behind him from the conservative base, and now he's fixing to shoot himself in the foot. Somebody close to McLame needs to shut that crazy old fool up. He needs to stick to the thumbs up and that silly smile and nothing more.
16 posted on 09/12/2008 10:00:05 PM PDT by Force of Truth (Jesus was a homeless guy who came to be crucified, not to become Caesar the tax collector.)
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To: NormsRevenge
"The ad does not specifically refer to embryonic research"

I love this. Let Obama explain how he different. The he, Obama, is for embryonic stem cell research, late term & botched term abortions
17 posted on 09/12/2008 10:00:58 PM PDT by stocksthatgoup (No Way, No How, NoBama)
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To: Unam Sanctam

According to Sarah Palin, the ticket opposes the creation of embryos for research. I think McCain is oozing toward Bush’s position—against the creation of new embryos and the creation of new embryonic stem cell lines.

One can hope that the total failure of ESCR and the successes of ASCR will help McCain to ooze farther in the right direction.

McCain shifted on offshore drilling before picking Palin—and he had to know that Palin is a drilling enthusiast. I think the same is true regarding ESCR—he picked Palin knowing her position.

At least McCain will be pressured to ooze in the right direction by his VP and his party. Obama is a killer, and his VP and his party will only cheer him on to kill more and more and more.


18 posted on 09/12/2008 10:01:20 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: NormsRevenge

This is good. McCain is grabbing the Dim points and turning them around against the Dims. Perhaps McCain can even get Michael J. Fox to come on TV, skip his meds and tremble for the cause.


19 posted on 09/12/2008 10:03:08 PM PDT by Rembrandt (We would have won Viet Nam w/o Dim interference.)
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To: Unam Sanctam; Syncro; politicket
SEE MY TAGLINE.
20 posted on 09/12/2008 10:04:20 PM PDT by Old Sarge (Went to sleep with Palin - woke up next to McCain...)
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To: wk4bush2004

He has supported embryonic stem cell research in the past. I think his position is evolving to the good.


21 posted on 09/12/2008 10:08:18 PM PDT by Blogger
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To: NormsRevenge

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2081398/posts


22 posted on 09/12/2008 10:09:49 PM PDT by DarthVader (Liberal Democrats are the party of EVIL whose time of judgment has come.)
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To: NormsRevenge
This is brilliant, and I'll tell you why.

McCain is baiting Obama into a discussion about medical science and pro-life issues, and he started off by taking the center ground.

McCain, for whatever you feel about him, is pro-life, and will appoint pro-life justices. But by waving the red cape of embryonic stem cell research, it signals to the center that, hey, I like science and medical research too.

But it's a red herring. Most Americans aren't really tracking on the difference between types of stem cell research. But they do understand grisly pictures of late term abortions, and the visceral late term practices that Obama voted to protect.

So, either Obama abandons this point to McCain, or he jumps into the unborn life issue, the grim details of which he is far too extreme on for most of America. McCain's deep in Obama's OODA loop again.

It's another nail in Obama's "liberal extremist" coffin if he does, or it's a battlefield abandoned to McCain if he doesn't.

23 posted on 09/12/2008 10:09:51 PM PDT by Steel Wolf ("We have your test results, Mr Obama. You have ...Sarahnoia. 2 months, tops, and you're a goner....")
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To: NormsRevenge

“Clearly, John McCain supports it,” he said, emphasizing that the ad is intended to refer to all forms of stem cell research, including experiments using human embryos and those using cells from adults.”

He’s given us Palin and now believes that he can go full blown lefty.


24 posted on 09/12/2008 10:13:18 PM PDT by Grunthor (Sarah Palin once carved a perfect likeness of the Mona Lisa in a block of ice using only her teeth.)
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To: Grunthor

John McCain opposes the intentional creation of human embryos for research purposes
JohnMcCain.com ^ | September 13, 2008 | John McCain

Posted on Friday, September 12, 2008

-”As president, John McCain will strongly support funding for promising research programs, including amniotic fluid and adult stem cell research and other types of scientific study that do not involve the use of human embryos”. - www.johnmccain.com


25 posted on 09/12/2008 10:29:58 PM PDT by 1035rep (McCain/Palin 08)
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To: NormsRevenge

John McCain-Pro Abortion


26 posted on 09/12/2008 10:33:27 PM PDT by trumandogz
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To: DarthVader

Thanks for the link!


27 posted on 09/12/2008 10:51:20 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline—1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRget!)
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To: 1035rep

It seems this McCain spokesman, Brian Rogers, is contradicting McCain’s position.

They need to clear this up, and how.


28 posted on 09/12/2008 10:51:43 PM PDT by rightinthemiddle (Without the Mainstream Media, the Left is Nothing.)
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To: Steel Wolf

Good points!

McCain is used to being around battlefields and live ordnance to boot, this is one minefield Obama will be wise to avoid.


29 posted on 09/12/2008 10:55:23 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline—1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRget!)
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To: frogjerk

On another thread today he was quoted as saying he was opposed to embryonic stem cell research.


30 posted on 09/12/2008 11:01:52 PM PDT by calex59
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To: All
All of you people panicking on this had better do a search on FR. There is an article posted today in which McCain clearly states he does not support embryonic stem cell research, or as the article said, he doesn't support making embryos so people can kill them and use their stem cells. So there you go, look for the article. This ad does not say he supports embryonic stem cell research. Bush supports stem cell research also, but he doesn't support embryonic.

I declare we have more trolls on this forum then we know what to do with trying to stir up trouble. It won't work, the idiotic bozObama is going down in a big way.

31 posted on 09/12/2008 11:06:38 PM PDT by calex59
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To: NormsRevenge

Hi, everyone,

New video from CatholicVote.com

Powerful
http://www.creativeminorityreport.com/2008/09/new-video-from-catholicvotecom.html


32 posted on 09/12/2008 11:15:27 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

Powerful and very, very true.


33 posted on 09/12/2008 11:41:24 PM PDT by 1035rep (McCain/Palin 08)
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To: rightinthemiddle

I agree. That’s why these things are done on Friday. The McCain website is very clear, he does not support this.

I’m also willing to bet his campaign spokesman never even said this.


34 posted on 09/12/2008 11:47:18 PM PDT by 1035rep (McCain/Palin 08)
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To: frogjerk
McCain shouldn’t go near the embryonic stem cell question. It is a mistake.

A HUGH mistake! It cancels out the Trig Factor.

35 posted on 09/13/2008 12:22:55 AM PDT by montag813 (www.BoycottUsWeekly.com | Fight the Smears)
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