COMMACK, N.Y. Arguing that Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois best understands the importance of science and technology in boosting U.S. competitiveness, 76 American Nobel Laureates have endorsed the Democratic candidate for U.S. president.
The Nobel winners released an Open Letter to the American People endorsing Obama that focused on his plan for expanding U.S. scientific and technology.
The scientists said they support "the measures he plans to take--through new initiatives in education and training, expanded research funding, an unbiased process for obtaining scientific advice and an appropriate balance of basic and applied research--to meet the nation's and the world's most urgent needs."
The presidential endorsement included the largest ever list of Nobel Laureates, eclipsing the 47 who endorsed Democratic Sen. John Kerry in 2004. The list includes all three American Nobel Laureates in science for 2008: Martin Chalfie of Columbia University and Roger Tsien of the University of California at San Diego, who shared the chemistry prize; and Yoichiro Nambu of the University of Chicago, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics.
Chalfie has also recorded a YouTube video explaining his endorsement. "Barack Obama's administration will continue to keep us the envy of the world," Chalfie said.
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