“I hear all this talk about how the Republicans are going to work in dealing with parents who have both the joy, because there's joy to it as well, the joy and the difficulty of raising a child who has a developmental disability, who were born with a birth defect. Well guess what folks? If you care about it, why don't you support stem cell research?”
Except... Republicans do support stem cell research. Many Republican's don't support embryonic stem cell research, which destroys a living human in the process of harvesting said stem cells and hasn't shown the therapeutic benefits adult stem cells have.
But, nevertheless, McCain also supports embryonic stem cell research. It's one of those "quirks" that makes him a "maverick" (and make people like me NOT want to vote for him.)
The Obama camp swears the remarks weren't intended as a slam of Palin or her baby Trig, who has Down Syndrome, but the statement clearly references Palin's VP Nomination acceptance speech, where she said:
Our family has the same ups and downs as any other ... the same challenges and the same joys.
Sometimes even the greatest joys bring challenge.
And children with special needs inspire a special love.
So what, Joe, are you saying? That Palin doesn't really care about disabled children? That Republicans don't support stem cell research? You're wrong on both counts.