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Today, Barack Obama fulfilled another campaign promise by signing an executive order reversing President Bush’s ban on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.

The president made it clear that this reversal will not open the door to cloning. He also said he understood the concerns of those who oppose this research but he said “We need to develop a strategy for restoring scientific integrity to government decision-making.” Science over policy.

This was the topic for CNN’s Jack Cafferty question of the day.

“President Obama’s stem cell reversal=distraction from economy.”

I guess Jack’s question had to do with the republican outrage.

Erik Cantor said” the economy is number one. Let’s focus on that.”…That’s funny...Mr. Cantor ,this president can walk and chew gum at the same time.

My favorite comes from Newt Gingrich.

“Ideological side show.”…I guess they forgot all about Terry Schiavo.

I cut & pasted a few comments Jack received.

James from Chuckey, Tennessee writes:
The stem cell reversal is a distraction only for people who believe that religious fundamentalists should be allowed to block scientific research and medical care. It’s time to tell our homegrown Taliban that they are no longer relevant.

Dane writes:
I guess the Republicans know a thing or two about distractions. Weren’t they the ones that gave us proposed constitutional amendments on gay marriage and flag burning when the rest of the country was trying to focus on the unfathomable speed at which the Iraq war was going down the toilet?

Mike from Glenmoore, Pennsylvania writes:
Jack, I don’t think the president is causing a distraction from our economic woes by simply spending a few seconds signing a document to clear the way for scientific research. Rather, it’s the Republicans who are trying to use the stem cell story to distract from the fact that their party has no economic solutions and has become a party of extreme right-wing whiners.

David from Alexandria, Virginia writes:
Anything which is not focused like a laser beam on the economy and banking system is a distraction as far as I am concerned. Pretty much everything else can and should wait.

Lisa from Ohio writes:
Jack, I wonder if Newt Gingrich would be calling this an “ideological sideshow” if his child or grandchild was paralyzed from a spinal cord injury? If any of the Republican critics lived my life for a week, they may think differently. This can be a priority, along with the economy. There are people and their families who are desperate for a cure for many debilitating conditions. They deserve a chance for hope.

Chuck from Warren, Ohio writes:
Jack, Look at the stocks of research companies today: up 40%. The Republicans would rather we just die off so we won’t keep voting them out of office.

Jack from Nice, California writes:
Jack, Anything said by what’s left of the Republican Party is a distraction from reality