McCain Joins Standing Ovation for Bush at Catholic Breakfast

Posted: Apr 18, 2008 10:43 AM

Speaking to the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast this morning, President Bush noted that scientific discoveries now mean adult stem cells will do -- and that we won't have to destroy human life. 

Here's the quote:

Last November, scientists discovered a way to reprogram adult skin cells to act like embryonic stem cells. This is a significant breakthrough, because science -- scientists have found a path that can lead beyond the divisive debates of the past -- and extend the healing potential of medicine without destroying human life. (Applause.)

Bush's comments drew a standing ovation -- and  John McCain -- who was seated in the front row -- was among the applauders.

This is interesting, inasmuch as McCain -- who has always had a solid anti-abortion record -- has nevertheless supported federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. 

This makes me wonder:  If the issue were still on the table, would it have undermined McCain's argument that he was the most Pro-Life candidate running?

And has science rid us of a divisive political issue?