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See where Clinton and Trump stand on science

Here are the presidential candidates’ comments on seven key research-related policy issues

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12:25pm, September 13, 2016
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

SCIENCE SHOWDOWN In a speech here and a response there, presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have provided glimpses of where they stand on key science issues.

Hillary Clinton’s “I believe in science” declaration aside, science has not played a starring role in the 2016 presidential election. Far from it. For the most part, the candidates’ science policies have trickled out in dribs and drabs, and in varying degrees of detail — talking points on a website here, a passing comment in response to a spur-of-the-moment question there.

Yet science underpins our understanding of, and response to, the world around us. It answers everything from why our coffee sloshes dangerously to what could happen if the planet warms another degree or two. Science often intersects with public policy, and presidential leadership influences research priorities.

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