June 15th, 2007
05:24 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton vows to lift ban on stem-cell research

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

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • New Hampshire
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Bill W, Coatesville PA

    Once again, she will do or say anything that she thinks will help her get elected.

    Just like when she said she doesn't support NAFTA because it will cost American jobs. But she thinks we forgot that she didn't seem to care about American jobs when she brought TATA Consulting – the number #1 outsourcer of American jobs to India – into her state and gave them a sweetheart deal that frees them to bring in as many L-1 visas as they want.

    She is a two faced liar, just like her husband, and she will never get my vote.

    June 15, 2007 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. Bill W, Coatesville, PA

    Hillary Clinton is a two-faced liar, just like her husband. She will say or do anything that she thinks will help her get elected.

    June 15, 2007 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  3. Hammond

    Well, there will be no choice if Ms. Clinton gains the presidency. Her Communistic leanings will preclude any discussion with the lowly commoners, i.e., the American people. Is she right? Are we so stupid that we cannot see beyond the talk and ascertain what Hillary is really all about? Wake up America!

    June 15, 2007 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  4. Dawn, Brockton, MA

    Hillary Clinton is a breath of fresh air in comparison to the other candidates. Obama has shown me nothing of substance and Edwards always just seems to miss the mark. The Republican candidates are a complete joke! With all of the rhetoric and the autocratic nature of the Bush administration, it will be nice to have a president who believes in investing in our country and in our future.

    June 16, 2007 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  5. Susan Meyers, Macedon, New York

    I cannot believe that this is still an issue with the "right to life" crowd.
    What part of "the embryos are going to be destroyed anyway" don't they understand? If each embryo was going to be implanted then, even though I disagree that every pre-born life should be saved, I could see their point. But, God, what a waste when you think of the medical advances that could be made. These embryos are never going to be born! Ever! So what's the point in NOT using them to help people who already have been? I know Right to Lifers don't seem to care what happens to a child once it comes out of the womb, but this opposition is outright idiocy!

    June 16, 2007 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. Rick Orlando, FL

    Clinton is on the correct side of this issue, since the majority of Americans support stem-cell research. The regressive mentality of this administration has gotten us nowhere even close to realizing the potential cures from it. America needs to be a leader in new technologies, and we need a president in 2008 that will actually heed the will of the people again in this great nation.

    June 16, 2007 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. Linda, Albuquerque, NM

    The first three commenters speak the truth. Ms. Hillary, is a liar, as Mr. Bill!

    But to the point of Stem Cell Research, ADULT stem cells have had tremendous successesEMBRYONIC stem cells have no usable results to date – nor any promise of successADULT stem cells are easily collected without destroying the "host"EMBRYONIC stem cells destroy the "host" "embryo" "clump of cells"

    The issue of EMBRYONIC stem cells comes down to:It doesn't workIt doesn't have promiseIt destroys an embryoThe morality of destroying an embryo is simply a question of if it is human if YES it is wrong – if NO, then big whoop

    So the right and wrong comes down to is an embryo human? When did the 10 year old diabetic become human? How about the paralyzed 23 year old? How about Ms. Hillary? (ok, SHE may be a Stepford Wife). When did you become human?

    If you, and I, and Ms. Hillary, and Pro-Life / Anti-Abortion advocates, and Pro-Choice / Pro-Abortion advocates were wanted or welcomed – or created in a petri dish because of fertility problems, we were human at conception. If we were (and maybe still are) unwanted, an inconvenience, or an embryo caught up in a divorce fight, when will become human? Who decides?

    There is a line between being just a cell, and being a distinct human. The line is thin, and takes just a second to cross....

    Is it a heartbeat?
    Is it a brainwave?
    Is it taking your first step?
    Or maybe taking care of your self?
    Or a contributing member of society?

    If we're not sure, should we err on the side of caution, or just not care about the answer?

    If we're not sure, and we have proven solutions, not just a long-distant possibility, why demand that we destroy what *MIGHT* be a tiny distinct human being? (It's distinct human DNA suggests that is true)

    And why support a liar that will demand that we do this, and regardless of our beliefs demands that we pay for it?

    June 16, 2007 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  8. P. Davis Baltimore, Maryland

    "are we too stupid that we cannot see beyond the talk..."

    We stupidly listened to someone and got ourselves into a national and international quagmire.
    And WORSE; we didn't learn our lessons the first time and called him back for more!
    American's ARE gullible, unwise and undiscerning.

    June 16, 2007 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  9. Arun, Amsterdam

    Companies should aspire to be at least a fraction as good as Tata Consultancy Services has been in corporate governance, ethics and performance. Don't dump on those guys.

    June 16, 2007 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  10. Jeremy F., Atlanta, GA

    When Hillary gets sworn in as our next President, we the people will hold her accountable for her "vows". She'll also prove to be one of the best Presidents all time. Hillary is not the same as her husband, she has her own agenda. She has my vote.

    June 16, 2007 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  11. Fabio Escobar, Amherst NY

    I wonder how much she spent on pollsters to come up with this opinion. Amazingly, a liberal organization like CNN fails to say anything about the internal process leading up to the decision.

    Hopefully she has just lost five to six points in both Iowa and Missouri.

    June 16, 2007 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  12. Kim --- South Bend, IN

    Sen. Clinton will NEVER receive my vote. She lies just like her husband and I don't trust her just like I did not trust her husband. She will tell us anything if she thinks that she will be elected. Oh and who do you think she would pick for Vice President, her husband? Who else would be willing to put up with the lies?

    I don't think so .... WAKE UP AMERICA. Don't let her get into office.

    June 16, 2007 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  13. E. Elliott, Orlando

    Wow, flame wars. This woman works for a company, does the job and credibly. Now that she is applying for a different job, the policy of the old company is used to somehow disqualify her? She wants to replace the clown that has neither well, faithfully or credibly, but gets blasted for being a liar? Please itemize these lies for us. Or is this more propaganda from the same GOP hacks that were hired to well and faithfully protect the business interests of the drug and insurance companies back when she was asked to help create a plan for national medical policy reform? At least her police records are not missing. You all know the GOP slander bunch. They were many of them the same folks that butchered John McCain in the 2004 primary or started the swift boats for liars club. True she is only about 4 times the man W is, but then she is a woman. And Kerry was only about 16-18 times the man W pretends to be. But as a man McCain is 20 times anything W can ever try to claim. Measure Hillary by the hateful little people who pulled down others standing against the GOP's chosen puppets. She will look much the better in that light. Now if she would can the immigartion policy of surrender to the 12 million criminal intruders, I might vote for her myself.

    June 17, 2007 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  14. Alex, Milford PA

    Repubicans encourage their congressmen and President's actions, giving them "political capital" with their votes and by listening to the radio talk shows that sanction his veto crimes.

    The first question at the next two debates should be:

    "Scientists, doctors, and a majority of the American people believe billions of lives could be healthier and longer if embryonic stem cell research is given sufficient federal funding as outlaid in recent vetoed legislation. Would you condemn billions more victims and their families to the torture caused by potentially treatable disorders by vetoing similar legislation?"

    The torture sponsored by this administration isn't done to our "enemy combatants", its done to innocents in their hospital beds.

    Bush is a criminal and we need a Democrat in the White House to stop this insanity.

    June 18, 2007 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  15. Nikki Burris, Kannapolis North Carolina

    Once upon a time America was the leader in science and healthcare, we are now taking the back burner to many other countries, what happened? Bush is what happened. I believe 100% that H. Clinton will get this country back on track. She will put the American people first just as she always has.

    June 18, 2007 03:28 am at 3:28 am |
  16. DMW, Roeland Park, KS

    I say 'right on' Hillary! We need a President that will lead this Country with realism. We have been stifled for almost 8 years with Bush and his allies trying to make us a theocracy. They want to base everything on their view of religion. We are a diverse people.

    We have lost our position in Science because this administration appears to not believe God exists in Science and we can potentially help millions with stem cell research.

    Hillary, you are doing something right when I see people put you down personally and not because of anything you've done in your political life.

    June 18, 2007 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  17. scott, atl

    No one cares about stem cell research. Why doesn't Hillary put an end to the war like she and the rest of the dems said they would?

    June 19, 2007 10:48 am at 10:48 am |