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Unformatted text preview: ers in Texas and Florida: They don't see a federal role in funding human space flight." The critical moment came when CNN moderator John King asked if any GOP candidate would raise a hand to show support for continued federal funding for NASA. On the stage were Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain. "Nobody," King commented as the field stood silently with hands down. Pawlenty did step to the microphone after King's "nobody" remark to say NASA had "played a vital role" in American history. "I don't think we should be eliminating the space program," Pawlenty said. But Pawlenty followed up with his idea of a space program, and the word NASA wasn't in it. "We can partner with private providers to get more economies of scale," Pawlenty said, "and scale it back, but I don't think we should eliminate the space [CARD CONTINUES] Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 70 Mercury Politics NASA Funding – Unpopular – GOP (2/3) [CARD CONTINUED, NO TEXT REMOVED] program." Gingrich started the discussion when he responded to a debate question by calling NASA a "case study in why a bureaucracy can't innovate." But Gingrich said later that moderator King was mischaracterizing his position. "I didn't say end the space program," Gingrich said. "We built the transcontinental railroads without a National Department of Railroads. You could get into space faster, better, more effectively, more creatively if you decentralized it, got it out of Washington and cut out the bureaucracy." So, for those keeping score, the only Republican candidates talking about space Monday night did so while using phrases such as "scale it back," "get it out of Washington" and "cut out the bureaucracy." Dr. Jess Brown, a political science professor at Athens State University, said he watched the debate and saw little indication of support for NASA. "The best you can say is we're going to do more with the private sector, and the public sector - NASA - is going to have a shrinking role and shrinking scope of responsibilities," Brown said Friday. "And in general policy terms, that's exactly what people here locally criticized Obama for." The GOP sees NASA as high quality pork that they would love to cut Simberg, Competitive Enterprise Institute adjunct scholar and aerospace engineer, 2010 (Rand, aerospace engineer and a consultant in space commercialization, space tourism, and Internet security “In Search of a Conservative Space Policy” The New Atlantis Fall 2010 #29 pp 97 http://www.thenewatlantis.com/publications/in-search-of-a-conservative-space-policy accessed: 6-21-11) TJL Also, the U.S. space program very quickly became high-quality pork. As vice president and later president, Lyndon Johnson was determined to use the program to help industrialize the South, not unlike what t...
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