Bush Kills Stem-Cell Bill

Wields veto for third time in presidency; Dems come out swinging
By J. Kelman,  Newser User
Posted Jun 20, 2007 5:19 PM CDT
Bush Kills Stem-Cell Bill
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., seated, signs a stem cell research bill on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 7, 2007. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Md., standing, left, Rep. Lois Capps, D-Calif., standing, second from left, and others, look on. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – President Bush delivered the expected veto of a stem-cell research bill this afternoon, issuing instead an executive order to encourage the development of non-embryonic stem cells. "I will not allow our nation to cross this moral line," Bush said, setting off a predictable firestorm of protests from Dems. Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton called the veto "ideology before science."

Bloggers had a field day. From the left, Daily Kos called the move a "spit in the face of the American people"; on the right, the veto was wielded as a rallying cry for the other issues energizing the base. Michelle Malkin just wanted to talk immigration, "Bush has 28 other veto threats in the works. Unfortunately, killing the shamnesty bill is not one of them." (Read more stem cells stories.)

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