US presidential candidates are asked their views on key science questions

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 01 August 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5229
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

Leading scientific organisations in the United States are trying to make science an important part of the autumn presidential and congressional elections. They have posed a set of 14 questions for presidential candidates and eight for congressional candidates on leading policy issues, as part of the ongoing Science Debate project (

Two of the questions focus directly on health. One asks, “What actions would you support to enforce vaccinations in the interest of public health, and in what circumstances should exemptions be allowed?”

The other, on the topic of pandemics and biosecurity, asks, “In an era of constant and rapid international travel, what steps should the United States take to protect our population from emerging disease, global pandemics, and/or …

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