31 August 2004: Republican Party Platform 2000, 2004
"In addition, the Republican Party will remain committed to America's leadership in space research and exploration. We will ensure that this Nation can expand our knowledge of the universe, and with the support of the American people, continue the exploration of Mars and the rest of the solar system. We consider space travel and space science a national priority with virtually unlimited benefits, in areas ranging from medicine to micro-machinery, for those on earth. Development of space will give us a growing economic resource and a source of new scientific discoveries."
Editor's note: So far no such clear, emphatic statement from John Kerry - just an attempt by his staff to bury photos of him inside a space shuttle orbiter. This is from the 2000 RNC platform - not the 2004 platform, so we'll have to see what the RNC comes up with this time. None the less, it would still be nice to hear from John Kerry on this topic. One paragraph would be just fine.
Reader comment: The only mention of NASA or the space program in the GOP 2004 platform is on page 63: "The President's support for NASA and vision for space exploration will also enhance scientific development and technological breakthroughs."