Schwarzenegger Backs Stem Cell Research


Governor Schwarzenegger, embodying the California spirit of entreprenurial vision against the odds, has decided to endorse stem cell research, unveiling a possible bonanza for California researchers - from the University of California to Stanford to private companies battling against human physical and cognitive impairments that may, in the future, be reversed through the agency of stem cell research, databases, web applications, and the internet.

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By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, from The New York Times

Published: October 19, 2004

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 18 (AP) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger endorsed a $3 billion bond measure on Monday that would finance human embryonic stem cell research, putting him at odds with the state Republican Party.

"California has always been a pioneer," Mr. Schwarzenegger said. "We daringly led the way for the high-tech industry, and now voters can help ensure we lead the way for the biotech industry."

The endorsement comes at some political risk for the governor, a Republican who campaigned against California's going deeper into debt when he unseated Gov. Gray Davis in a recall election.

The state Republican Party officially opposes the measure, known as Proposition 71, which is meant to circumvent limits the Bush administration has placed on financing of embryonic stem cell research.

Mr. Schwarzenegger also endorsed a ballot proposal to scrap political party primaries, a change he said would send more moderates to the state capital.

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