Presidential candidate John Edwards offered perhaps the strongest Democratic endorsement of Bush’s space initiative on Sunday. During an interview on CNN Late Edition (scroll about one-third the way down the page), Wolf Blitzer asked Edwards about the plan:
BLITZER: Do you support the president’s decision to send a person back to the moon and perhaps beyond, to Mars?
EDWARDS: Well, I think it makes sense. Space exploration makes sense. I think that we saw what happened during the Kennedy administration and thereafter, how it inspired lots of generations of young people to be interested in science, math, technology, which I think is important.
But the president has to be able to do two things at once. And what he’s doing is diverting attention from the problems that we have here at home.
Edwards then went on to talk about health care, and never came back to the issue of the Bush space plan before the interview ended. While not exactly a ringing endorsement, it is a stronger response than the “I support space exploration, but…” response from most other Democrats. It’s also a more coherent response than what Edwards said a week earlier on Face the Nation.