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McCain and Obama Answer Top 14 Science Questions Facing America

Candidates answer questions about innovation, climate change, energy, education, national security, pandemics and biosecurity, genetics, stem cells, ocean health, water, space, scientific integrity, research, and health.

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In November, 2007, a group of six citizens - two screenwriters, a physicist, a marine biologist, a philosopher and a science journalist - began working to restore science and innovation to America’s political dialogue. They called themselves Science Debate 2008, and they called for a presidential debate on science. 

Within weeks, more than 38,000 scientists, engineers, and other Americans signed on, including nearly every major American science organization, dozens of Nobel laureates, elected officials and business leaders, and the presidents of over 100 major American universities. These signers submitted over 3,400 questions they want the candidates for President to answer about science and the future of America. 
 
Beginning with these 3,400 questions, Science Debate 2008 worked with Scientists and Engineers for America, the AAAS, the National Academies, the Council on Competitiveness, and the other organizations listed to craft the top 14 questions the candidates should answer. 
 
These questions are broad enough to allow for wide variations in response, but they are specific enough to help guide the discussion toward many of the largest and most important unresolved challenges currently facing the United States. 
 
To see the candidates’ answers, go to:
 
 
Source: Science Debate 2008