First we have the Brown campaign, who came out earlier today with this:

Despite the bipartisan effort in the Senate, and overwhelming support from doctors, patient advocacy groups, religious organizations, and 72 percent of the American public, DeWine sided with Bush and voted against this life-saving research.

Then the Shamansky campaign chimed in the same a bit later:

?It?s shameful that George Bush and Pat Tiberi have chosen to play politics with scientific research that could literally save thousands of American lives?, said Shamansky. ?Polls show that 70% of the American people fully support such research in the fight against diseases like Parkinson?s and Alzheimer?s.?

Full releases after the jump…

Brown:

Republicans, Doctors, and Americans Support Life-Saving Stem Cell Research
Mike DeWine Supports George W. Bush

Once again Ohio Republican incumbent Senator Mike DeWine stood with President George W. Bush and other rubber-stamp Republicans instead of Ohio families. On Tuesday, a bipartisan coalition of U.S. Senators passed critical stem cell legislation (H.R. 810) that would benefit millions of Americans suffering from debilitating diseases and injuries. Republican Senators John McCain (AZ), Trent Lott (MS), Orrin Hatch (UT) and Senate Republican Leader Bill Frist (TN) joined Democrats in supporting the measure.

Despite the bipartisan effort in the Senate, and overwhelming support from doctors, patient advocacy groups, religious organizations, and 72 percent of the American public, DeWine sided with Bush and voted against this life-saving research.

Later today, the president is expected to veto the legislation, also opposed by Pennsylvania Republican incumbent Senator Rick Santorum. This will be the first veto ever of the administration.

“Opposing this legislation is tantamount to deliberately standing in the way of a cure that could help a child suffering from diabetes or a grandmother suffering from Alzheimer”s,” Brown said. “Mike DeWine proved he is outside the mainstream with the needs of Ohio families. It is time to rid Ohio of rubber stamp representation. It is time for change. ”

The scientific community, which strongly backs H.R. 810, has said that advancing stem cell research will offer potential cures to paralysis victims as well as sufferers of diabetes, Alzheimer”s, Parkinson”s disease, and other serious conditions.

“This administration”s policies are holding the scientific community back from developing new therapies for a range of devastating diseases,” said Dr. Wendy Macklin, a neuroscientist at the Cleveland Clinic who is a member of the Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine. “This bill would allow us to fully investigate these questions. Until we know whether and how these cells could be used, we cannot move this important field forward.”

Brown has been a leader in Congress on advancing medical research, including working closely with the Christopher Reeves Foundation. Brown, an original cosponsor of the legislation that passed the House on May 24, 2005 also co-authored the bipartisan Children”s Act of 2000, which expanded research on autism birth defects, and other child-related diseases.

“It is clear that the majority of Americans and medical professionals support advancing stem cell research,” said Ohio Congressman Sherrod Brown (D-OH). “Unfortunately, Senator DeWine once again failed to stand up to the president on behalf of the millions of Ohioans that will benefit from this life saving research.”

Shamansky:

Shamansky Slams Bush?s Stem Cell Veto
Also Blasts Tiberi for ?playing politics with life saving research?

Columbus Ohio: Former Congressman Bob Shamansky, Democratic candidate for Ohio?s 12th Congressional district, today issued a double-barreled criticism of both President Bush for vetoing stem cell research legislation passed by the Congress —and of Shamansky?s November opponent —-U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-Genoa Twp.) — for voting against the bill in the House of Representatives.

?It?s shameful that George Bush and Pat Tiberi have chosen to play politics with scientific research that could literally save thousands of American lives?, said Shamansky. ?Polls show that 70% of the American people fully support such research in the fight against diseases like Parkinson?s and Alzheimer?s.?

?Nor is this a partisan issue. Republican Senators like Bill Frist (Tenn) —a physician —and Orrin Hatch (Utah) —who has a staunchly anti-abortion voting record —voted in favor of the bill. Indeed, former First Lady Nancy Reagan —who lost her husband to the ravages of Alzheimer?s disease —also supported the legislation, saying: ?Time is short, and life is precious, and I hope this promising research can now move forward.?

?But instead of embracing this promising and life-saving technology, the President and Mr. Tiberi chose to play politics and pander to the extreme right-wing of their party. They would rather see fertility clinics? unused embryonic stem cells be discarded than used to save and improve the lives of the living. Some logic. Some policy.?

?It?s another example of how out of touch President Bush and his Congressional rubber stamps like Pat Tiberi are with the people they were elected to represent. Fortunately, the voters of the 12th District will have a chance to show what they think of Mr. Tiberi?s priorities on Election Day.?

Bob Shamansky is a lifelong Central Ohio resident, lawyer, and local businessman. He served as a Special Agent in the United States Army?s Counter Intelligence Corp during the Korean War, and as a Member of Congress representing Ohio’s 12th Congressional District from 1981-1983. He is facing Rep. Patrick Tiberi (R-Genoa Twp.) this November as the Democratic nominee in the 12th Congressional District.

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