All: Science Debate 2008 sent 14 questions to Obama and McCain. Obama
has responded. His answers are in this email. Thought you might find the
stuff interesting even if the questions are not so great. Larry Romsted

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We wanted you to be among the first to know - Barack Obama has just
provided detailed answers to the 14 questions.  We are still waiting for
responses from John McCain and will alert you when we get them.  See the
below press release.


Barack Obama answers 14 top science questions
Answers show plans to tackle some of the toughest challenges facing

Washington (August 30, 2008) – Barack Obama today answered the 14 top
science questions facing America, according to,
the group leading the effort to make key science issues a larger part of
the election.
“Most of America’s major unsolved challenges revolve around these 14
questions.  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,” said Shawn Otto, CEO of the initiative.  “We’re
pleased that Senator Obama has provided voters with that substantive
plan, and we’re hoping for similarly thoughtful responses from Senator
Senator Obama’s full responses can be found here
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The top 14 questions address energy policy, national security, economics
in a science-driven global economy, climate change, education, health
care, ocean health, biosecurity, clean water, space, stem cells,
scientific integrity, genetics, and research.
The 14 questions were developed from over 3,400 questions submitted by
more than 38,000 signers of the ScienceDebate2008 initiative.  The
questionnaire is a joint effort led by ScienceDebate2008, with
Scientists and Engineers for America, AAAS, the National Academies, the
Council on Competitiveness, and several other organizations, together
representing over 125 million voters.
“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.  “Our talent for innovation is still the envy of the
world, but we face unprecedented challenges that demand new approaches.”
Recent national polls have shown that 85% of voters would like the see
the candidates debate these challenges, and the majority of voters are
much more likely to vote for a candidate that has a plan for tackling
these issues.
“We are grateful for Senator Obama's detailed responses and look forward
to receiving the same from Senator McCain,” said Matthew Chapman,
president of the initiative.  “After that we hope the candidates will
want to discuss their differences.  Science Debate 2008 and its partners
once again extend an invitation to both candidates to attend a televised
debate or forum where these vital issues can be discussed in front of a
broader audience.” is a citizens initiative started by six
individuals whose signers now include nearly every major American
science organization, the presidents of nearly every major American
university, and dozens of Nobel laureates and top American CEOs.  For
more information, to see a list of the signers, or to see the results of
the national polls,  please visit


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