First Lady Takes On Critics Of President's Stem Cell Research Guidelines
With Democrats working to make stem cell research a central issue in the presidential campaign, ABC World News Tonight reported last night the Bush camp "sent Laura Bush out" to defend the Administration's polices. She "called her husband's critics ridiculous. And said they could raise hopes too high." Mrs. Bush was shown saying, "The implication that cures for Alzheimer's are around the corner are just not right. And it's really not fair to the people watching a loved one suffer with this disease." The New York Times thought Mrs. Bush's remarks "were a thinly veiled reference to comments by Ron Reagan, who suggested loosening restrictions on the research in a speech at the Democratic National Convention, just six weeks after the death of his father, former President Ronald Reagan, who had Alzheimer's." Mrs. Bush "pointed out that she, too, lost her father to Alzheimer's."
Edwards Assails Bush Policy.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, meanwhile, reports that in a conference call with reporters, Sen. John Edwards yesterday "faulted Bush's decision" on stem cell, "contending that it dashed hopes for progress or cures for a variety of diseases. He said that a Kerry administration would reverse the presidential order and at least quadruple federal funding for stem cell research."