Skip to comments.Culver: Stem cell research key to election victory
Posted on 09/10/2010 11:30:39 PM PDT by iowamark
[Democrat] Gov. Chet Culver predicted his support of embryonic stem cell research will be a key to winning re-election over Republican challenger, former Gov. Terry Branstad, whose opposition represents an extreme ideological view.
The research is important to independent voters and Iowa has about 755,000, Culver said Sept. 10 at the Carver Biomedical Research Center on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City.
I really believe we won the race in 06 and well win again in 2010 because were for helping those individuals who are suffering, Culver said.
Culver said the states $30 million investment in biomedical research is a choice: forward, backward; hope or no hope.
The key to winning in 2010 will be job creation and improving Iowas economy, said Branstad spokesman Tim Albrecht. Unemployment has risen during Culvers term despite his expensive efforts to create jobs and this is a desperate attempt by Culver to change the subject.
However, Culver said the majority of Iowans believe in a moral obligation to help people who are suffering, to do everything in our power, whether it is as a state, a scientist, a doctor, to help.
Thats what Americans have always believed in: pushing the limits of whats possible, he said.
Its just a fact, Culver said. The overwhelming scientific evidence supports my position and continuing the states role in funding and facilitating embryonic stem cell research is a question of progress or not progress.
The overwhelming, extreme ideological view says you dont need embryonic stem cell research, he said.
Culver is resorting to name-calling to divert attention from his failed economic proposals, Albrecht said.
Branstad, he explained, doesnt oppose embryonic stem cell research on scientific grounds. He supports other forms of stem cell research, but has an ethical opposition to embryonic stem cell research that results in the destruction of those embryos.
An ethical boundary must be drawn and embryonic stem cell research crosses that boundary, Albrecht said.
Branstads position is based on where the real promise lies, Albrecht said. Hes toured adult stem cell research facilities in the Iowa City area and he believes the most promise the most scientific progress is in adult stem cells.
Oh yes, stem cell research is a real cutting edge issue.
need I say /s
Ethics aside, the only promising research has come from adult stem cells, not embryonic cells from aborted children.
“9/10/2010: ...Cellular Engineering Technologies Inc. of Coralville said it uses “a unique and proprietary combination of techniques” to produce a type of adult stem cell that acts like embryonic stem cells, which can be used to grow a variety of human tissues.”
Agreed. Ol' Chet thinks he can win supporting a controversial technology that has yet to yield any demonstrable results. Meanwhile, adult stem cell research has yielded benefits.
>> Am I the only one who thinks that Embryonic Stem Cell research is the stuff of Dr. Mengele?
Absolute not - you’re not alone.
These d-bags seem to have a bloodlust for this type of crap. Maybe it gives them a sense of empowerment. Freaks.
Yet another "honest mistake" from Chet Culver.
The Dems in Iowa have certainly pushed the limits. Can you marry your horse there yet?
Pssst. Not against stem cell reasearch—just against EMBRIONIC stem cell reasearch. Rather like not anti immigrant—just anti ILLEGAL. I hate liars and thieves.
As far as I know, embryonic stem cell research has not shown promise to cure anything. This is a tactic of the left. This shows the depth of Culver’s desperation.