Representatives of the two remaining major Democratic candidates for U.S. president both endorsed big budget increases for federally funded basic scientific research at a debate before hundreds of scientists today, with the Clinton team offering decidedly more specifics on their plans.
Apart from that distinction, few policy differences emerged during the hour and half debate held this afternoon to generally positive reviews. None of the details the campaigns laid out were new. In addition, neither committed to a proposed science debate for the candidates themselves, which would be supported by major research organizations and thousands of U.S. scientists, and which would take place on 18 April in Philadelphia. And both trained more fire on outgoing president George Bush than each other.