McCaskill to Deliver Dems' Response to Bush Radio Address on Stem Cell Research. Missouri Challenger Now Tied with Jim Talent
Missouri Democrat and State Auditor Claire McCaskill, who's challenging two-term Republican incumbent Jim Talent for his key Senate seat, will deliver the Democratic response to President Bush's Saturday morning National Radio Address on the stem cell research legislation that comes before the U.S. Senate next week. McCaskill will address the nation at 11:07 a.m. EST.
The Senate next week will begin debating the bill, which the House already passed last year, co-sponsored by Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Rep. Mike Castle (R-De), to expand federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research. The measure, according to Bush political operative Kark Rove, is expected to pass but will be vetoed by the president.
"We were all an embryo at one point, and we ought to as a society be very careful about being callous about the wanton destruction of embryos, of life," Rove said. He added that research shows "we have far more promise from adult stem cells than from embryonic stem cells."
The Busheviks have allowed federal funding only for existing lines of embryonic stem cells which falls far short of what medical researchers and patients' groups are seeking. They say that the administration's stem cell policy hinders the overall research process.
"It would be a terrible disservice to the American people, the hopes of millions, that President Bush would veto this," said Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).
According to the McCaskill campaign, the Senate hopeful will urge voters to contact their Senators to express strong support for the bill's passage, and will make reference to former First Lady Nancy Reagan and the legions of supporters she has for her role in seeking federal stem-cell funding legislation.
And while McCaskill continues to gain national prominence, she's caught up to Talent after trailing by a few points this Spring. According to Rasmussen Reports, the candidates are now tied at 42% with Republicans and Democrats divided evenly along party lines. The Democrats need six seats to regain control of the U.S. Senate.