Thursday, November 1, 2007

Election of 2008

As federal funding of embryonic stem cell research is currently a heated discussion topic, the presidential hopefuls for 2008 have each developed a platform on the issue. As a general consensus, the democrats support federal funding of the research, whereas the republicans oppose it. Current President Bush vetoed a bill that would have loosened the restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Front democratic runner, Hilary Clinton disagrees with the position of our current president and supports funding the research process. Barack Obama, also a democratic front runner, is in full support of federal funding the issue as shows in his statement in a debate, “I stand in full support of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act as I did when this bill was introduced and sent to the President’s desk in the 109th Congress.” John Edwards, another democratic presidential hopeful is also in full support of expanding federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. On the other hand, republican presidential candidates such as Mitt Romney and John McCain oppose stem cell research that uses embryos from cloned human embryos, but do support the research using embryos left over from fertility treatments.
The advancement of stem cell research lies heavily on the outcome of our upcoming presidential election concerning the aid of federal funding. This topic will most likely be an influence in the vote of the American public.


kyorkster08 said...

I agree that the next election will be big on stem cell research. the american public will speak for themselves and one side will rise and i believe that will seperate the winner and the loser. society's voice will be heard.

trailrunner89 said...

In response to kyorkster08:
I don't believe the issue of stem cell research will be the deciding factor of the winner or loser of the election in 2008, however, I do feel it will have some impact. The major impact will the outcome of the election as to whether the next president is for or against federal funding of the research.

HotShot said...

Hopefully we wil get a Democratic president so that we can use stem cells to further the betterment of society. I do like that the republican candidates support the research but has to use the left over embryos. At least they are showing that they want to try it. I wonder if that could just be a way for them to seem like they care so they could use it as a tactice to receive more votes. What do you think?