Thursday, February 28, 2008

Invitations Sent, Date to Be Announced...


Will the Candidates Show?


Government leaders, university presidents, leading scientists, engineering leaders, business executives, American innovators have been making the call loudly and with some help from NPR, MSNBC, the New York Times and Time Magazine as well as increasing numbers of other media outlets. Now that both the Democratic and Republican fields of potential Presidential candidates are down to two apiece, it's time for Science Debate 2008 to happen.

The invitations to the candidates have been sent, the debate will be held at the Franklin Institute before the Pennsylvania primary on April 22. Thus far none of the candidates have responded that they will commit. While we all know that issues of science and technology are usually handled by advisors who have knowledge of the subjects, it would be nice to get a feel for whether the candidates for our country's highest office have a basic grasp of those issues and a defensible position on policy. Or find out if all they're good for is to mouth sound bites their handlers feed them.

If you're interested in what you may be able to do to help convince them, visit the Science Debate 2008 website and sign on. And it wouldn't hurt to write to the campaigns and request the candidates' participation while you're at it.

Science Debate 2008

[Cross-Posted to Science News Review]


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