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Election 2012

The Temporary Importance of Space in the Election

By Keith Cowing
January 29, 2012
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Matt Reed: Newt’s awesome space plan shields a bad candidate, Florida Today
“How Gingrich led the impeachment of President Bill Clinton in 1998 for lying about an affair — even as Gingrich had cheated on his wife for six years. I despised Gingrich by the time he took the stage in Cocoa on Wednesday. Then, Newt seduced me with one of the best speeches on space I’ve ever heard.”
A colony on the moon? Gingrich finds risks and rewards in backyard politics, AP
“No issue better illustrates the risks and rewards of backyard politics than Florida’s space industry. Gingrich ignited the discussion by making a bold declaration at a packed rally last week in Cocoa, about 20 miles from the Kennedy Space Center. “By the end of my second term we will have the first permanent base on the moon, and it will be American,” he said before being interrupted by applause.”
Leaders In America’s Space Program Write Open Letter In Support Of Mitt Romney, Houston Chronicle
“As president, Mitt Romney will facilitate close collaboration not only within the government’s civil and national security space sectors, but also with the private sector and with research institutions. He will create conditions for a strong and competitive commercial space industry that can contribute greatly to our national capabilities and goals. And he will ensure that NASA returns its focus to the project of manned space exploration that uniquely affirms American strength and values around the globe. Under his leadership, America will once again lead the world in space.”
Keith’s note: 24 Hours after the Florida primary votes are in, you will likely hear little – if anything – about space from these candidates ever again.

NASA Watch founder, Explorers Club Fellow, ex-NASA, Away Teams, Journalist, Space & Astrobiology, Lapsed climber.