Kerry vows to lift stem-cell limits
Kerry went on to Colorado, and Bush went fishing.
LA JUNTA, Colo. -- John Kerry said Saturday the restriction on stem-cell research imposed by President Bush was a triumph of ideology over science and "only adds to the loss and pain" of millions suffering from potentially curable diseases.
"At this very moment, some of the most pioneering cures and treatments are right at our fingertips, but because of the stem-cell ban, they remain beyond our reach," the Democratic presidential candidate said in his party's weekly radio address.
Kerry renewed a previous pledge to reverse Bush administration policies on stem cells if he should win the White House and said he would increase funding for stem cell research by federal agencies.
"We're going to listen to our scientists and stand up for science. We're going to say yes to knowledge, yes to discovery and yes to a new era of hope for all Americans," he said.
Bush announced strict limits three years ago on federal support for embryonic stem-cell research, which many abortion rights opponents claim involves the taking of nascent human life.
Since ensuring himself the Democratic presidential nomination last spring, Kerry has delivered the party's radio address frequently as a way to expand his reach to voters who will choose between him and Bush this fall.
His comments, two days before the third anniversary of Bush's stem-cells order, aired as the Massachusetts senator and his running mate, Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, pushed westward on a postconvention swing through 22 states.
The ticket-mates arrived in Colorado after traveling overnight from Kansas City, Mo., aboard their campaign train.
In a decision that underscored the reality of the race for the White House, their train rolled without stopping through the heavily Republican state of Kansas. It was near midnight when the Democratic entourage crossed into the state from Missouri -- and near dawn when it rolled out again and into contested Colorado.
Bush, meanwhile, spent Saturday fishing off the Maine coast with three generations of his family, who were drawn together for the wedding of the president's nephew George Prescott Bush.
Rods and reels in hand, the family set out together in the morning on the Fidelity III, the new powerboat owned by the first President Bush. Three 275-horsepower engines rumbled beneath the boat, which can reach speeds of up to 75 mph.
The family mostly trolled the calm waters along the Maine cliffs, just up the coast from the Bushes' Walker's Point home. They were shadowed by Coast Guard patrol boats.
On board were the first President Bush; the current President Bush and both his daughters; and Noelle Bush, the daughter of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and sister of the bridegroom.
George P. Bush is Jeb Bush's son. The family gathered to attend his wedding to Amanda Williams at St. Ann's Episcopal Church near Walker's Point.
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