"The pride that we felt as a nation when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon was extraordinary, and I would like to see that type of exploration to Mars and elsewhere continue. And, by the way, it creates a lot of jobs, creates scientific breakthroughs which help technology, which helps our society."
"I support fully funding NASA, not only because of the potential of space exploration and revealing the mysteries of our universe, but also because of the many benefits our society receives from cutting-edge NASA research.
However, I am not prepared to say what the appropriate funding level should be for NASA until we get a handle on the revenue side of the budget. Otherwise, it is a zero sum game: To increase funding for NASA just means cutting some other domestic discretionary program.
We live in an era of manufactured budget crises because for decades, we have given massive tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans and hugely profitable corporations and then we debate which agencies and programs to cut. As president, I will demand that the wealthy and large corporations pay their fair share in taxes, which will allow us to adequately fund the programs and services that bring wide spread benefits to the American people including NASA."
“I am supportive of NASA not only because of the excitement of space exploration, but because of all the additional side benefits we receive from research in that area.”
[Regarding his previous votes to cut NASA’s budget] “Sometimes, and frankly I don't remember all of those votes, one is put in a position of having to make very very difficult choices about whether you vote to provide food for hungry kids or health care for people who have none and other programs. But, in general, I do support increasing funding for NASA.”
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