The Miami Herald reports that, on the eve of today’s key Republican primary, presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani expressed his support for space exploration during a campaign stop Monday night at Florida International University. The US, Giuliani said, would “be the first [country to land] on Mars,” the newspaper quoted Giuliani as saying, without providing any additional details. According to the article, the comment “drew mixed reactions” from the crowd, but so apparently did one where Giuliani talked about “a Cuba without Castro”. Tough crowd.
One audience that has been supportive of Giuliani’s recent space policy comments is The Mars Society, which issued a press release yesterday (not yet on its web site) about those comments, as well as John McCain’s space policy statement released Sunday. “We are extremely pleased to see such a can-do attitude being taken towards space exploration by Senator McCain and Mayor Giuliani,” said Mars Society Political Director Chris Carberry. “Giuliani’s editorial echoes many of the points that we have been making for years, and McCain’s statement demonstrates his understanding of the vital role that human and robotic space exploration play in making this nation great.”