President Barack Obama spoke for over a half-hour late Sunday morning in a campaign appearance on the campus of the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne. However, those expecting him to spend some time talking about space, particularly contrasting his policies with those espoused by the Romney campaign, likely came away disappointed. Obama only briefly mentioned space in his speech, in reference to the creation of new manufacturing jobs in various industries:
Here on the Space Coast, we started a new era of American exploration that is creating good jobs right here in this county. We’ve begun an ambitious new direction for NASA by laying the groundwork for 21st century spaceflight and innovation. And just last month, we witnessed an incredible achievement that speaks to the nation’s sense of wonder and our can-do spirit: the United States of America landing Curiosity on Mars. [cheers]
So this is an example of what we do when we combine our science, our research, our ability to commercialize new products, making them here in America. So this is where we’ve got a choice: we could, as the House Republican budget proposes, cut back on research and technology. Or, we can continue to be at the cutting edge, because that’s what we’ve always been about. We can spark new discoveries, launch new careers, inspire the next generation to reach for something better.