The Tallahassee Democrat reports on a meeting that Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani held yesterday with Republican legislators and governor Charlie Crist in Florida. The article states that, after his speech, Giuliani said he “supported continuing to aggressively pursue space exploration”, but the article offers no other details. Instead, the article notes that the former New York City mayor drew parallels between the original space race with the Soviet Union and the need for the US to become energy independent:
Giuliani said the United States should prioritize energy independence much like it did the space race, when Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson fired up the gears of industry and imagination after the Soviet Union beat the U.S. into space.
The result was a bipartisan thrust to the moon that transcended several presidencies and spawned a generation of national pride and scientific spin-offs.
”Politics aside and national interests first. Not only did it help us ultimately win the Cold War, it helped us in countless other ways, in scientific development and products,” Giuliani said.
”We can do the same thing with energy independence. But we’ve got to have a president who knows how to get things done.”
This, of course, means that Giuliani is in lockstep with Al Franken, the comedian running for US Senate in Minnesota as a Democrat: Franken states on his web site, “We need to get serious about renewable energy by funding a real Apollo Program to explore new sources.”