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Obama & McCain on Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math

By on Oct 20, 2008 in Politics

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This is an issue close to my heart:

Campaign Responses to Questions from The Association for Women in Science & The Society of Women Engineers

Obviously I’m biased, but McCain really comes off and not knowing anything about the issue. His answers are much shorter than Obama’s, he doesn’t show that he even knows what the initiatives they are asking about are, and his focus seems generally to be on education. What about female scientists, engineers, and mathematicians working right now? McCain’s only real input is to say that he will create a presidential commission to study the issue. Why? There is a plethora of research out there on these issues. To me, this just says that he doesn’t care enough to get informed and he doesn’t want to committ to a decision.

At the very least, it becomes clear that this is an issue that the Obama/Biden campaign either already was somewhat knowledgeable about or they did some research before answering the questions. McCain comes off as if this is just a waste of his precious time and he’ll just delegate all the work to “commissions.”

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