The Science Vote

Science News runs down what the two presidential candidates and their campaigns have been saying about science and technology issues.


On the surface, the presidential contenders appear to take similar stances on science and technology. But probe a bit, and differences emerge. Because Senators Barack Obama and John McCain have never formally debated S&T issues, and don’t intend to, Science News runs down what these candidates and their campaigns have been saying.


Linking energy to greenhouse risks

Spending priorities differ


List of the candidates’ answers to Science Debate 2008


Analyses of the role of science in the campaign:

Obama’s Brain Trust
Posted September 26

(Political) party animals
Posted September 22

Obama, McCain shun science at the podium
Posted August 25

Want a science debate?
Posted January 23


Science & Society blogs
by Janet Raloff

McCain bullish on research
Posted September 15

Obama likes research
Posted August 30

Obama, McCain shun science at the podium
Posted August 25


Janet Raloff

Janet Raloff is the editor of Science News for Students, a daily online magazine for middle school students. She started at Science News in 1977 as the environment and policy writer.

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