WASHINGTON (CNN) - Joined by a 10 year old diabetic and a paralyzed 23 year old on the campaign trail Friday in New Hampshire, Sen. Hillary Clinton vowed to lift a ban on federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research if elected president.
“It's time to unlock the potential of stem cell research and put an end to the backwards and restrictive policies of this administration,” the New York Democrat said at an event at Dartmouth College in Hanover. “Our scientists have been set back years in the race for life-saving cures because they’ve been held back by a narrow ideology that rejects sound science."
Clinton added that both the 23 year old, Laura Clark, and the 10 year old, Alex Walter, could potentially benefit from the stem-cell research.
Clinton's comments come days after the House passed a bill to ease restrictions of federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research. President Bush has vowed to veto the legislation if it passes the Senate.
- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney