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U.S. presidential candidates and positions on Space, Science

  • 01 January 2008
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The citizens of the United States are in the midst of its election of a new president in 2008. Their responses to the topics of space, science, and education say much about their campaigns and how they will direct the country.        

Their stated positions on such topics tell us if they support basic research and development in the United States, and whether we will remain a leader in science and technology during their potential term(s) as president and well into the future.

Read what they say. I’ve compiled a list of articles that talk about space policy and the candidates vision for the future of the U.S. space programs (both manned and unmanned), science, and about various of their positions on different topics including education.

Whether you are an independent, democrat, or republican, vote and participate in your state’s primary or caucus, and on November 4, 2008, for the election of our next U.S. president.

If you live in another country, hopefully you too have the privilege to vote and participate in the workings of your local and federal government.

The website Project Vote Smart contains the dates for each of the U.S. states' primaries and caucuses: http://www.vote-smart.org/election_president_state_primary_dates.php.

The following is a list of articles talking about candidate positions on space, science, education, and various other subjects.

[Author note: If you have other valid articles please submit them to my iTWire email address: william.atkins@itwire.com.au.]

Space.com (http://www.space.com/):
“Round Up: Presidential Candidates Talk Space”: http://www.space.com/news/071231-candidate-positions.html

The Space Review (http://www.thespacereview.com/):
“Presidential candidates and space policy” http://www.thespacereview.com/article/890/1
“Where the candidates stand on space” http://www.thespacereview.com/article/1028/1

The Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/)
“Clinton Favors Future Human Spaceflight (Democratic Candidate Launches a Position as Opponents Orbit From a Safe Distance)”

“The Front-runners: A revealing look at each of the leading presidential candidates” http://projects.washingtonpost.com/2008-presidential-candidates/

Blog: Space Politics
“Because sometimes the most important orbit is the Beltway…” http://www.spacepolitics.com/
CNN Politics
"Where the candidates stand on the issues" http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2008/issues/issues.abortion.html

Minnesota Public Radio
This website of the Minnesota Public Radio contains a survey that matches your views with these presidential candidates’ views for 2008: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/ongoing/select_a_candidate/poll.php?race_id=13.

Electoral Compass USA also has a survey to find out where you stand compared to the presidential candidates: http://www.electoralcompass.com/
Glassbooth.com has a survey, too: http://glassbooth.org/

It is important to the United States, and to each and every country in the world, to promote education in schools and among its citizens. Our future lies with a knowledgeable and informed citizenry. We can better understand other viewpoints when we study other cultures and open up ourselves to new discoveries.

The more we question and ask “Why” the better decisions we can make on a wide variety of topics facing us each and every day. Science, space, history, geography, literature, business, psychology, biology, religion, medicine, and many, many other topics are all under the subject of EDUCATION.

And, education is the key to our future. Remember this idea when you vote in elections that decide the future of your country.


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