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Steele supports stem cell--sort of

Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele expressed qualified support today for embryonic stem cell research, two days after causing an uproar by linking the science to medical experimentation during the Holocaust.

Steele, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, used a radio interview to try to distance himself from the dustup and expand his views on the controversial research. He offered several conditions of his support and gave one example of a type of research that some leading scientists in the field say is not practical at this point.

"I support embryonic stem cell research, however, I am cautious of the science and want the scientists and politicians to be smart in how we approach it," he said during an interview on WBAL-AM radio in Baltimore. "I don't want this research to go forward without some moral compass to guide the research."

A Roman Catholic and former seminary student, Steele opposes abortion and the death penalty. But he said yesterday he supports Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s proposal to spend $20 million in state money for stem cell research, which is considered promising for the development of treatments for a host of diseases.

As an example of his support, Steele cited research at the National Institutes of Health, in which he said scientists are extracting the cells they need "without destroying the embryo."

Several leading stem cell researchers, including John Gearhart of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, have said that technique is impractical for now, however.

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By Phyllis Jordan  |  February 11, 2006; 5:16 PM ET
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Lets see:
First stem cell research is equated to the holocaust.
Then he apologises.
Now he's for stem cell research.

Doesn't that make him a FLIP-FLOPPER and therefore not qualified to hold elected office according to his own party?

Typical republican shanagans...

Posted by: Sully | February 11, 2006 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Jim Brady is a liar. I don't know him. I know what he writes and he writes lies. For people who value integrity, it must be unpleasant to work for such a man. Perhaps, if you know him, other personal qualities compensate for his lack of integrity.

Posted by: elliottg | February 11, 2006 6:14 PM | Report abuse

He'll say what ever he thinks you want to hear. The "Smoke and Mirrors" show begins.

Posted by: Jim Irons | February 11, 2006 10:43 PM | Report abuse

This worked well against Kerry in 2004.

Michael Steele is a FLIP-FLOPPER.

That is all.

Posted by: corbett | February 13, 2006 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Steele was also anti-death penalty for a while, sort of, except when the Governor was for it, etc. This sort-of, kinda wanta politician is not the person I want representing me. His statements equating stem cell research to medical experimentation in the Holocaust were extremely offensive as were his comparisons with Slavery. I think perhaps it is fair to call him conflicted and confused.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 13, 2006 9:16 AM | Report abuse

WBAL is an AM station. You all might want to correct that.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 13, 2006 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Hey, elliotg, maybe you should be writing about Lt Gov Steele's integrity. This is amazing.

Sully, you were spot on. One day stem-cell research is comparable to slavery and the next day it's the right decision for MD. What is Steele thinking??

Posted by: Anonymous | February 13, 2006 8:44 PM | Report abuse

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