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Talent opposes stem-cell measure
|Last Edited||RP May 02, 2006 06:13pm|
|Media||Newspaper - Kansas City Star|
|News Date||Wednesday, May 3, 2006 12:10:00 AM UTC0:0|
|Description||Breaking weeks of silence on one of the state’s hottest issues, Sen. Jim Talent said Monday he opposed a November ballot measure aimed at safeguarding early stem-cell research in Missouri. |
The announcement caps speculation about the Missouri Republican’s position on the issue, which has generated passionate feelings and fueled a barrage of criticism from his likely November opponent for re-election, Democrat Claire McCaskill. McCaskill, the state auditor, backs the measure.
Talent’s stand on stem-cell research has taken some confusing twists. For four years, he voiced support for federal legislation that would ban all human cloning, including that used in early, or embryonic, stem-cell research. The legislation was sponsored by Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, a fellow Republican.
Then, on Feb. 10 as his re-election fight with McCaskill heated up, Talent stunned Missouri’s anti-abortion leaders by renouncing that support.
The senator’s Feb. 10 change generated denunciations by a host of leading Missouri conservatives, including the Missouri Catholic Conference.
A January poll by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch showed that about two-thirds of Missourians supported the measure.
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