Stem Cells Grow Votes

News & Politics

Everyone is talking about New Jersey gubernatorial hopeful Jon Corzine's hard-hitting new campaign ad in which a young quadriplegic named Carl Riccio endorses Corzine because he supports the stem cell research that might help him walk again. (Watch "Carl".)

Mark Kleiman writes:

There's not a word in this Corzine ad that couldn't have been used by John Kerry against George W. Bush last year.

If his advisors had had the wit and the guts to make such an ad and run it heavily, or if any of the independent expenditure groups had done the same, Kerry would probably be President now. Since it's virtually inevitable that the Republicans will nominate an anti-stem-cell-research Presidential candidate in 2008, our next candidate will very likely have the same opportunity.
It's nice to have our very own wedge issue, isn't it?

(Daily Kos, Mark Kleiman)

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