Forty-eight American Nobel Science Prize winners have endorsed John Kerry’s bid for the White House, citing their hope that the Democratic challenger can help the U.S. regain its focus on scientific research and technological development. The illustrious group of medical researchers, chemists and physicists—who released their endorsement in an open letter last week—expressed disapproval regarding how President Bush has cut funding for science across the board while instituting restrictive immigration policies that prevent leading scientific talent from entering the United States.
“John Kerry will change all this,” the scientists wrote. “John Kerry will restore science to its appropriate place in government.”
For his part, Kerry told supporters at a Denver rally that he vows to once again put the country at the forefront of scientific discovery. “We 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,” said Kerry, adding that technological innovation could spur the economy, improve the environment, and facilitate medical advances.
Meanwhile, the Bush administration defended its record of supporting scientific development in the private sector. “Only 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 Steve Schmidt, a Bush campaign spokesperson.