President Bush used his once-non existent veto pen to block a bill that would have eased restrictions on federal funds for stem-cell research. It was only his third veto in seven years as president, but an important one if he wants to win back a lot of his base that’s still angry over his support of the unpopular amnesty bill.
But the veto certainly won’t help his image with the majority of Americans who strongly support federally funded stem-cell research.
Democrats made this legislation their top priority when they took control of Congress last year, and because the House only has a 14% approval rating with the public, Democrats are going to have to turn this defeat into a plea to the American people to vote in more stem-cell friendly legislators in 2008.
On the other side Republicans are going to have warm up to the idea of stem-cell research. According to Gallup only 16% of the country are against any funding. On the other side only 22% oppose any restrictions.
Once again the answer seems to be somewhere in the middle and the first party to realize this will capitalize.