Science Question Time: In an effort to get the presidential candidates talking about science ahead of the November US election, a group sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences have submitted more than a dozen science policy questions for their consideration.
“I’m very gratified that both candidates have agreed to respond in writing, but I also think they should be agreeing to participate in a televised forum on these issues,” ScienceDebate.org chief Shawn Otto told USA Today. “They should also debate the Top American Science Questions that affect all voters’ lives. It should really be a basic expectation in this day and age of science.”
Unfortunately, science often gets under-served ahead of big campaigns with candidates focusing more on day-to-day concerns that could swing the vote in their favor. Although science policy is important, it’s sad that it is not considered a key campaign issue. This is probably why President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney will respond by letter rather than committing time for a televised debate.
One of the questions posed by ScienceDebate.org is: “What policies will best ensure that America remains a world leader in innovation?” If given the chance, what would you ask the candidates? via USA Today.