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Old 10-13-2004, 03:40 PM   #1
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Edwards - the paralyzed will walk

Alright, no one's bringing this gem up from 2 days ago. Edwards was shamelessly politicizing the death of Reeves and the following sentence actually came out of his mouth (re: stem cell research):

"When John Kerry is president, people like Christopher Reeves will get out of their wheel chairs and walk."

This is asinine.
How can this possibly be spun into NOT being not only ridiculous, but cruel? Anybody care to defend Edwards?
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Old 10-13-2004, 03:43 PM   #2
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If you elect John Kerry for president, the crippled will walk!!!

Oh brother.
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People like Christopher Reeves will walk?

My goodness Kerry is Jesus and he will raise the dead, well hallelujah and lord be praised!
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if the paralyzed want to walk they should go see U2 in concert.
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Quite a moronic statement.
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if you watched the debate on friday (before his death) kerry mentioned christopher reeve and HIS hopes that he will walk again. he also mentioned that he was a friend, so i'm sure edwards is at least an aquaintance... there is nothing asanine about a friend sharing the hopes of a friend. obviously a lot of people believe in stem cell research...and those who disagree are coming from a non-scientific authority. maybe it will help regenerate damaged tissue...maybe it won't...but clearly some people think it will and until it is proven wrong i don't think it's right to crush people's hopes. science has advanced society more than anything else in history. let it be...
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What do you expect? Lawyers will say anything..............
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My father always said "I believe Superman will walk again."

I feel like you naysayers are dissing my dad...
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Of course it won't happen within the next 4 years...but come on people. We know he didn't literally mean that Kerry will heal cripples.

He meant that Kerry will start the process of stem cell research. Which is more than we can say for Bush.
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Alright. Cite the scientific SOURCE that PROVES that stem-cell research will yield a solution to paralysis.

Edwards wasn't speaking in metaphor or hyperbole. It was a campaign promise the way he worded it. Not "when Kerry is president we will use stem cell research to SEE if it will yield a cure to people afflicted with Reeve's condition" but "people like Reeves will get out of their wheelchairs and walk."

These people will say any ridiculous thing that pops in their heads if they think they can get voters emotional.
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What do you expect? Lawyers will say anything..............
Hey, I take offense to that, my dad is a lawyer!

I agree with DaveC, though it wasn't the most genius thing to say, of course he's going to dramatize to make a point. And compared to all the completely ignorant things Bush has said, this is nothing.
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Alright. Cite the scientific SOURCE that PROVES that stem-cell research will yield a solution to paralysis.
Don't be fucking dense. It's impossible to "PROVE" anything without first doing the scientific tests. Bush has not allowed these scientific tests. That's impossible to prove anything without tests. Use some common sense, you obviously know nothing about science so giving you even a scientific source would mean jack shit to you.

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Edwards wasn't speaking in metaphor or hyperbole. It was a campaign promise the way he worded it. Not "when Kerry is president we will use stem cell research to SEE if it will yield a cure to people afflicted with Reeve's condition" but "people like Reeves will get out of their wheelchairs and walk."

These people will say any ridiculous thing that pops in their heads if they think they can get voters emotional. [/B]
Ever hear of an exaggeration??
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If you don't think that stem cell research can yield any benefits before investigation then that is flawed. I am just laughing at a politician making a stupid comment, lol raise the dead!
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I'm not saying it won't yield benefits. But don't promise people in wheelchairs will walk when Kerry is president. That's cruel and stupid.

My only point is this: if Bush said something like that he would be lambasted. This gets no attention. Interesting.
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