Update: Shawn Otto of Science Debate will be featured on NPR’s Talk of the Nation: Science Friday at 2 ET. Discussion on science in the elections.
In 2007, a small group of American citizens, lead by Shawn Otto, created Science Debate 2008, an organization that called on the 2008 presidential candidates to hold a debate on science and its political implications for society. A presidential debate on science was never held. Here, according to Science Debate 2008, is the story:
The candidates refused. The Science Debate team secured cosponsors in the National Academies, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Council on Competitiveness. They secured bipartisan congressional co-chairs. They made a deal with NOVA and NOW on PBS to broadcast the debate, and secured a venue. But the candidates instead opted to debate their religious faith in two nationally televised “faith forums.