Friday, July 14, 2006

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.


Anonymous said...

If stem cell research is so obvious and guaranteed to be successful, the big pharmaceutical companies should pay for the research. They are the organizations that are going to profit from any solutions. We live in a free market and anybody can spend money on stem cell research. The government spends too much money as it is and we don't need to fund stem cell research so the big pharmaceutical companies can profit from our tax dollars.

Anonymous said...

Most of the research is being done in Europe, also some promising work in Canada.

Several autoimmune and endocrine diseases can now be successfully treated overseas. We have lost opportunities to share critical research in the last six years. Six years is a long time in the science community.

Anonymous said...

private companies are free to research all they want. Federal money does not need to be spent so the pharmecutical companies can have larger profits.

Anonymous said...

We can’t spend money on possible ways of saving lives but we sure as hell can spend it killing people.

Anonymous said...

Johnny's right, we need to stop federal funding of abortion asap.

Anonymous said...

Not abortions, "anonymous", wars, Iraq, Vietnam, Korea you know the things Republicans love most.

Ahhhh, it was so peaceful being in Peru the past three weeks now it's back to the real world.

Anonymous said...

You pro life advocates look the other way when hundreds of "innocent civilians" are being killed in Lebanon while Bush urges Israel to continue fighting (and killing). And at the same time, Bush is going to veto stem cell research on cells which will go into the trash because he's (as Snow said) against murder. You people are so hypocritical you can't think straight. Look at that old hypocrit Orin Hatch who says the fertilized cells left in clinics for the trash are not "human life" but fertilized cells are "human life" when he's voting against abortion.