As some hail the VP nominee's grasp of the issues, others claim he exploits science in order to advance his own political agenda
When Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton tapped Tennessee Sen. Al Gore as his vice presidential running mate last month, many political pundits found it easy to challenge the wisdom of Clinton's decision. They pointed out the striking similarities between the two men--both young political moderates from neighboring southern states--wondering what, indeed, Gore was adding to the ticket in terms of electability.

For many scientists, however, the selection of the 44-year-old Democrat as Clinton's running mate immediately made sense. Far more than other lawmakers, Gore during his career in Washington has gained a reputation in the science community for being concerned, knowledgeable, and articulate on matters of science and technology. Researchers of various disciplines interviewed by The Scientist attest to this, saying they are impressed that Gore is well...

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