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Presidential Contenders Sharpen Their Focus On Scientific Issues As Election Approach

Although Clinton and Bush disagree on the details, both candidates support increased efforts in R&D As the United States presidential campaign heads into its final stages, President George Bush and Democratic challenger Gov. Bill Clinton are maneuvering for the political high ground on the subject of high tech--particularly technology-driv-en approaches to bolstering the nation's economy and global competitiveness. Both candidates occasionally have addressed issues of federal support for bas

Barton Reppert
Although Clinton and Bush disagree on the details, both candidates support increased efforts in R&D
As the United States presidential campaign heads into its final stages, President George Bush and Democratic challenger Gov. Bill Clinton are maneuvering for the political high ground on the subject of high tech--particularly technology-driv-en approaches to bolstering the nation's economy and global competitiveness.

Both candidates occasionally have addressed issues of federal support for basic science in speeches and position papers. But they have been devoting considerably more effort to articulating the economic and environmental benefits to be reaped from applied research, new technologies, and revitalized U.S. research and development facilities.

Despite their enthusiasm for high tech, however, Bush and Clinton pointedly disagree about how the government should go about encouraging the growth of private-sector R&D investment and technology-based industries.

Considerably less divergent than their positions concerning R&D and technology development have been the candidates' views...

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