From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
A new McCain radio ad touts the Republican presumptive nominee's moderate stance on stem cell research -- and it lumps Palin in with that stance.
"They're the original mavericks. Leaders. Reformers. Fighting for real change," an announcer begins. "John McCain will lead his Congressional allies to improve America's health. Stem cell research to unlock the mystery of cancer, diabetes, heart disease. Stem cell research to help free families from the fear and devastation of illness. Stem cell research to help doctors repair spinal cord damage, knee injuries, serious burns. Stem cell research to help stroke victims." And then later: "Change is coming. McCain-Palin and Congressional allies."
But as Hotline's Jen Skalka points out, "During a 2006 AK gubernatorial debate, Palin was asked for her view on stem sell research:
"'Well, another hypothetical, because I certainly have not seen it on the docket in our university system, stem cell research. But here again, with a Pro-life position, and its interesting that so many questions revolve around this centeredness I have of respecting life and the potential of every human life, but no, stem-cell research would ultimately end in destruction of life. I couldn't support (it).'"
Skalka adds, "It's worth noting, too, that the GOP's 2008 platform included strong language" calling for a ban on "all embryonic stem-cell research, public or private."