(Reuters) -- Democrat John Kerry picked up the
endorsement on Monday of 48 Nobel Prize-winning
scientists who attacked President Bush for "comprising
our future" by shortchanging scientific research.
Bush administration has ignored unbiased scientific
advice in the policy-making that is so important
to our collective welfare," the 48 scientists,
who have won Nobels in chemistry, physics and
medicine dating back to 1967, said in an open
letter released by the Democratic presidential
scientists, who included 2003 chemistry winners
Peter Agre and Roderick MacKinnon, accused the
Bush administration of undermining America's future
by reducing funding for science and turning away
scientific talent with restrictive immigration
Kerry will change all this," they said. "John
Kerry will restore science to its appropriate
place in government."
on his first public campaign visit to Colorado,
told supporters at a rainy rally in a downtown
Denver park that the United States was losing
its scientific lead over other nations. He promised
to put the country once again "at the forefront
of scientific discovery."
Massachusetts senator argued that greater technological
innovation could transform the economy, creating
jobs, cleaner energy and medical advances.
need a president who will again embrace the tradition
of looking toward the future and new discoveries
with hope based on scientific facts, not fear,"
Kerry said, citing his plans to lift barriers
to stem cell research, a move Bush has opposed.
came under renewed pressure on the stem cell issue
after the death of former President Ronald Reagan,
who suffered from a disease, Alzheimer's, that
might be cured or treated with stem-cell therapy.
Bush campaign fired back at Kerry, saying America
was the world's scientific leader and the president
had boosted research and development funding.
John Kerry would declare the country to be in
scientific decline on a day when the country's
first privately funded space trip is successfully
completed," said Bush campaign spokesman
LOOKS TO COLORADO
hopes to make Colorado, which traditionally leans
Republican and supported Bush in 2000, a battleground
this year. He has run ads in the state and hopes
Democratic Senate candidate Ken Salazar will boost
Hispanic voter turnout.
welcomed Kerry to Colorado by airing a new radio
ad criticizing what it called his economic pessimism
and touting Bush's leadership and the state's
falling unemployment rate.
his speech in Denver, Kerry attended a fund-raising
luncheon in Aspen that raised $500,000. Kerry
was greeted at the Aspen airport by legendary
wild man author Hunter S. Thompson, inventor of
"gonzo" journalism -- the reporting
of facts from a personal perspective.
two, who have met before, rode together in Kerry's
motorcade to the mountainside home of airline
leasing executive and major Democratic donor Michael
does this sound? Vice President Hunter Thompson,"
joked Kerry, who is pondering his choice of a
vice presidential running mate. "Do you feel
brought along three copies of "Fear and Loathing:
On the Campaign Trail," Thompson's book about
the 1972 presidential campaign, for the author
ahead to the fall debates with Bush, Kerry appointed
lawyer and Clinton administration veteran Vernon
Jordan as his chief negotiator on details of the
debates. Three debates are tentatively scheduled,
but details including length and format are open
Additional reporting by Patricia Wilson
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Posted: June 28, 2004