Campaign 2010

Mar 27, 2006

DCCC Unveils Seven New Web Ads on Stem Cell Research

DCCC Press

Mar 27, 2006

DCCC Unveils Seven New Web Ads on Stem Cell Research

New Ads Show That While Americans Support Stem Cell Research, Many Extremist Republicans Oppose it and Stand in the Way of Life-Saving Science

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is launching a series of new web ads highlighting the importance of stem cell research and showing the extremist record of the Republican opposition to this potentially life saving research. The web ads, targeted at seven Republican candidates and members of Congress, reveal that their record on stem cells is not only counterproductive to lifesaving medical research, but it is out of step with the views of the families they represent.

Stem cell research has the potential to save and improve the lives of millions of Americans suffering from diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, epilepsy, and spinal cord injuries. Furthering stem cell research means allowing potentially life-saving medical research to be conducted on embryos that would otherwise be destroyed. Embryos for stem cell research come from couples who donate them for the purpose of being used in potentially life-saving research.

Stem cell research is not a partisan issue. In fact, only the most extremist Republicans in the national Republican Party have chosen to oppose this research instead of siding with the families who support it. These ads call attention to seven such extremists, showing that they are rubber stamps for the Bush administration and out of touch with the families they represent. The seven Republicans are: Congressman Mike Ferguson (R-NJ), Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA), congressional candidate John Gard (R-WI), congressional candidate Rick O’Donnell (R-CO), Congressman Richard Pombo (R-CA), Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) and congressional candidate Peter Roskam (R-IL). Americans want to tear down the needless roadblocks to the development of lifesaving medical treatment but these extremist Republicans look to put up walls to impede these important advances.

“On one side of the divide is life saving medical research, on the other side is special interest politics. On one the one hand you the potential for American to move forward, on the other side are forces holding America back,” said Congressman Rahm Emanuel, Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “As Nancy Reagan said, ‘I just don’t see how we can turn our backs on this… We have lost so much time already. I just really can’t bear to lose any more.”

Ad Facts:

The new DCCC web ad will be unveiled to spotlight the far-right stance of seven Republican congressional candidates and members of Congress on issues that most American voters support. It will be available on the links below or at the DCCC’s website (

The ads show the wide range of support and far reaching benefits for stem cell research alongside the stubborn and shortsighted stances of these extremists in opposition. The ads also show the company that they keep in opposing this vital research tool. These seven Republicans stand shoulder to shoulder with radical right figureheads like Pat Robertson, James Dobson and Tom DeLay.

A large majority of Americans support more stem cell research, yet inexplicably, the Bush administration and the Republican Congress stand in the way of this potentially life saving medical research. For such diseases as juvenile diabetes, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, spinal cord injury, stroke, birth defects and heart disease, a cure could be on the horizon, but political ideology stands in the way of progress.

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Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08)

Mike Ferguson (NJ-07)

John Gard (WI-08)

Rick O'Donnell (CO-07)

Richard Pombo (CA-11)

Dave Reichert (WA-08)

Peter Roskam (OH-06)