SAN JOSE, Calif. John McCain has joined Barack Obama in providing answers to 14 top science questions posed by an ad hoc group promoting a debate on science issues in the 2008 presidential campaign.
"I have a broad and cohesive vision for the future of American innovation," said Senator McCain (R., Ariz.) in his responses to ScienceDebate2008.com filed over the weekend. "My policies will provide broad pools of capital, low taxes and incentives for research in America, a commitment to a skilled and educated workforce, and a dedication to opening markets around the globe."
"Ensuring that the U.S. continues to lead the world in science and technology will be a central priority for my administration," said Senator Obama (D., Ill.) in his responses filed two weeks ago. "Our talent for innovation is still the envy of the world, but we face unprecedented challenges that demand new approaches."
The top 14 questions address a wide range of issues including energy policy, national security, climate change, education, health care, space and stem cells research.
"Most of America's major unsolved challenges revolve around these 14 questions," said Shawn Otto, chief executive of the group sponsoring the initiative. "To move America forward, the next president needs a substantive plan for tackling them going in, and voters deserve to know what that plan is," he said.
The 14 questions were developed from more than 3,400 questions submitted by more than 38,500 signers of the ScienceDebate2008 initiative. The questionnaire is a joint effort led by ScienceDebate2008 with groups including Scientists and Engineers for America, the National Academies, the Council on Competitiveness and several other organizations.
The group also is asking the candidates to engage in a live debate on science issues, an idea it promoted unsuccessfully during the primary campaigns.
"Science Debate 2008 and its partners once again extend an invitation to both candidates to attend a televised forum where these vital issues can be discussed in front of a broader audience," said Matthew Chapman, president of the initiative.