Florida radio station WMFE interviewed Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL) about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s views on space policy. Posey does cover some highlights of Romney campaign’s space policy, including providing “clearer goals” for NASA. “Romney/Ryan recognize that NASA has long been asked to do too much with too little,” Posey said in the ten-minute interview. “The President’s goals, as you may know, are vague, to somewhere, someday: maybe an asteroid, maybe a meteorite, maybe this, maybe that, but there’s no goals,” he claimed, adding that money NASA spends on Earth sciences, particularly climate change, is misspent given there are “16 or 17 other agencies” that also study the subject. “Romney/Ryan, and Bill Posey, believe that NASA needs to stay more keenly focused on space.”
Posey said that a Romney Administration would support the Kennedy Space Center. “Kennedy Space Center and Cape Kennedy [sic] are the epicenter of space,” he said. “I don’t think Romney/Ryan would do anything to undermine it.” However, as the Romney campaign has indicated previously, Posey said that support would not come in the form of additional NASA funding. “I think the NASA budget right now, NASA could live with, if their mission was clearly defined, if they weren’t involved in so many different things, in so many different directions,” he said.
Posey spent part of the interview talking about some of his own views, including his support for the Space Leadership Act introduced in Congress in September. Posey doesn’t say if a Romney Administration would support the bill, but drops a hint that it might. “There have been over two dozen programs started and stopped before they reached their goals in the last few decades,” Posey said, recounting one of the selling points for the legislation. “I think Romney and Ryan, both, anticipate changing that.”
Posey dropped one interesting item at the end. He directed his staff, he said, to look “specifically at space’s impact on Congressman Ryan’s district, and there’s space industry right in his district.” (Ryan represents a district in southeast Wisconsin not typically identified as an aerospace hotbed.) It was unclear from the interview if Posey provided that analysis unsolicited to the Republican vice presidential candidate, or if it had been requested by the campaign.