Policy Forum

Gore and Bush Offer Their Views on Science

Science  13 Oct 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5490, pp. 262-269
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5490.262

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Science is rarely an issue on the campaign trail. But politicians are increasingly acknowledging its importance as a major factor in sustaining the country's longest economic boom.Such recognition, in turn, has focused attention on issues that contribute to the health of the U.S. scientific enterprise, from training the next generation of scientists and fostering innovation to improving management of the national labs and filling senior slots promptly. Science invited the Democratic and Republican nominees for president to present their views on some 20 topics chosen by our editors.

Both candidates honored our request to be brief, allowing us to run their complete responses to our questions.