McAuliffe Promotes Science with Former UVa Professor

July 1, 2013

"I would say embrace it, encourage it and do what we can to take it to the next level" says Terry McAuliffe (D) candidate for governor.

McAuliffe spoke Monday morning at HemoSonics, a medical device company in Charlottesville.

"I think what we are doing here, what our team is doing here is important and it's great to share that with somebody" says HemoSonics President William Walker. "I'm excited about Terry's vision to grow the economy of Virginia and really move science and technology to the forefront."

As governor, McAuliffe hopes to work with scientists in Virginia to create more innovative opportunities for the Commonwealth.

"We'll create funds for the University of Virginia, which we can invest back into more research, which we can then take back into market, which will create more jobs, save more lives," says McAuliffe. "It's a great sort of cycle that you're creating, but we just have to turbo charge it and take it to the next level."

McAuliffe says he embraces science in the Commonwealth, but believes that Republican Candidate Ken Cuccinelli wants to limit science and innovation. Former UVA. professor Michael Mann agrees with McAuliffe, as Mann was sued by Cuccinelli over his research on climate change.

"Is the state going to move forward and embrace science with a governor like Terry McAuliffe, or are we going to backward with a governor like Ken Cuccinelli?" asks Mann.

Mann hopes that with McAuliffe in office, there will be better opportunities for the science community.

"If you are a scientist that is going into an area of science that might be controversial do you want to worry, that if you ruffle the feathers of an attorney general or a governor, that you will be subject to a which hunt?" says Mann.

"We can support good science, science that has a chance to improve human health or expand technology in ways that matter to people," says Walker. "We should be doing that, I think it's a good investment in the future and I frankly think it's one of those things as a society that we should be doing."

Attorney General and Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli's office had this to say about McAuliffe's visit:

"McAuliffe's decision to invite Mann to campaign on his behalf is a clear indication that McAuliffe has not budged one inch from his stance that Virginia must move past coal and that as governor he will not protect Virginia's coal industry."

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