Science Magazine has published a series of questions and answers for U.S. presidential candidates George W. Bush and John Kerry on science and technology policy.
Because the safety, security, and prosperity of people all around the world increasingly is tied to decisions made in the White House, it's vital that we all learn as much as we can about where these candidates stand. Here is what the magazine says:
Politicians are fond of touting research and innovation as drivers for economic prosperity, keys to good health and environmental preservation, and pillars of national defense. Traditionally, these topics are included mainly to provide applause lines in stump speeches. But this year they have become campaign issues, too.
The two major party candidates for U.S. president, incumbent Republican George W. Bush and his Democratic challenger, Senator John Kerry, and their representatives have sparred repeatedly over issues ranging from embryonic stem cell research to global warming. But that discourse, played out across several months and thousands of miles, may have been hard for the average voter or international reader to follow. So as it has done in past elections, Science has consolidated the debate by inviting each candidate to lay out his views on a dozen important issues. Their unedited answers follow.
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