As controversy and rumors swirl around John McCain's newly-tapped running mate like tropical depression-force winds and the Republican National Convention sputters to a start, linkurl:Barack Obama; vowed to lift the ban on stem cell research and set targets to reduce carbon emissions, and promised to double basic research budgets over the next decade. His promises are spelled out in responses to a science policy survey issued by research and science advocacy group linkurl:ScienceDebate2008.; The Democratic presidential nominee provided linkurl:lengthy answers; to 14 questions on topics from linkurl:climate change; and national security to stem cell research and scientific integrity, voicing support for basic research and for confronting issues such as energy independence, combating global warming, and bolstering the economy through linkurl:science and technology innovation.; According to ScienceDebate2008, McCain has indicated that he will also answer the 14 questions. Here are some highlights from Obama's answers. On basic research linkurl:funding; in light...

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