Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, a Democrat and one of the measures sponsors, said Bush was setting himself up as a ``moral ayatollah.
The veto is not based on constitutional or legal objections, Harkin said. ``He is vetoing it because he says he believes it is immoral, Harkin said. ``Mr. President, you are not our moral ayatollah, maybe the president nothing more.
Rep. Edward J. Markey, Massachusetts Democrat, called the Houses vote to sustain the veto "a Luddite moment in American history, where fear triumphed over hope and ideology triumphed over science."
Other Democrats accused Mr. Bush of politicizing science.
"I dont know who decided they were God and that Congress could not fund this research because their religious thinking trumps the national consensus," said Rep. Diana DeGette, Colorado Democrat and a chief sponsor of the bill.
“This is not some wedge issue; this is the soul of America,’’ said Representative Diana DeGette, Democrat of Colorado, who sponsored the bill Mr. Bush vetoed. “And this is a colossal mistake on the part of the president.’’
Jim Wallis and all those (including Hillary Rodham Clinton) who claim that "the budget is a moral document" need to have a "come to Jesus" meeting with Senator Harkin, who clearly hasnt gotten the memo about reaching out to religious folks. Whats more, he cant really mean that theres no room for morality in politics. Republicans need to put him on the hook to explain himself. And Rep. DeGette, who voted against supporting alternative stem cell research, must think that destroying embryos is the "soul of America." The Party of Death indeed!