Keith's note: An election-oriented, invitation-only roundtable discussion is being held today in Melbourne, FL. Sponsored by the Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast, the event features former OSTP Chief of Staff Jim Kohlenberger and Obama for America Florida Policy Director Laurie Watkins. The topic is education and aerospace sector issues affecting Brevard County. Local educators and aerospace companies with a presence in Florida are sending representatives.
Obama campaign to Romney on Space Coast: Where are you on space?, Orlando Sentinel
"Dale Ketcham of the EDC said the Romney campaign has been invited to address the EDC-Space Coast about his space vision, but has not responded. "There's always a standing invitation from the EDC and this community. We did it for past presidential candidates and candidates for governor, senator, congress. There's been a tradition and expectation of the candidates coming to this district and talking about their vision for space," Ketcham said. "There's certainly time for them, but it would be a little puzzling if they don't. They're certainly handing the president a chance to beat them over the head."
"Jeff Bechdel, Florida Communications Director, Mitt Romney For President issued this statement Friday: "Governor Romney will provide the clear, decisive, and steadfast leadership the space program requires. As President, Romney will bring together leading officials, researchers, and entrepreneurs to establish clear goals and missions for NASA that fulfill its objectives of spurring innovation, pursuing exploration, and symbolizing American exceptionalism."