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In Columbus speech, Kerry promotes science

John Kerry says President Bush has "turned his back" on science and innovation that could mean better lives and jobs for millions of Americans.

Kerry charged the president has "an extreme political agenda that slows instead of advances science." He says Bush "is so beholden to far-right ideologues that he has blocked the true promise of stem cell research."

Kerry says that has robbed people of the hope that science will cure or at least ease their illnesses.

In his speech, Kerry reiterated his support for embryonic stem cell research. And that support was echoed by Christopher Reeve's widow.

Dana Reeve spoke of the hope that embryonic stem cell research had given her husband that he would once again walk.

She said most Americans believe that stem cell research can lead to such advances, and that Kerry does as well.