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.