A day after NASA announced the winners of awards in the next round of its commercial crew program, the Florida campaign of President Barack Obama used the news to contrast the administration’s space policy with that of his opponent, Gov. Mitt Romney.
“As Floridians have seen President Obama’s continued commitment on moving our nation’s space program forward, Mitt Romney refuses to answer even the most basic questions surrounding space policy,” Eric Jotkoff of Obama for America-Florida said in the statement, using the Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) awards as evidence of continued progress on the administration’s space policy. “He won’t say if he supports President Obama’s efforts to support and grow America’s commercial space industry, and as each day passes, it becomes increasingly clear that Mitt Romney has no clear vision for NASA.”
The Romney campaign has kept a low profile on space issues since the Florida primary at the end of January. At that time Romney declined to articulate a specific vision for NASA or space policy in general, saying he would convene a panel of experts from across the field to study the best direction for NASA.