Michael Reagan Challenges Kerry to Stem Cell Debate Radio talk show host and nationally syndicated columnist Michael Reagan has issued a challenge to John Kerry to meet him in a one-on-one debate on stem cell research. In a letter to Debra DeShong, Kerry-Edwards Senior Communications Adviser, Reagan, the older son of President Ronald Reagan and a longtime member of the board of directors of the John Douglas French Alzheimer's Foundation, who has an impressive background on the subject of stem cell research, has invited Kerry to a debate on the subject either on his nationally syndicated radio show or any other mutually agreed-upon location, according to his producer, Peter Trahan. Charging that Kerry's recent comments regarding the Bush administration "sacrificing science for extreme right-wing ideology" are misleading and false and are needlessly politicizing this important issue, Reagan said he wants to confront Kerry with the truth. "John Kerry is lying, and the media are letting him get away with it," Reagan told NewsMax.com. Noting that there is no ban on stem cell research but merely a ban on spending federal funds on some embryonic stem cell (ESC) research, Reagan said that President Bush already has provided federal funds for research on adult stem cells (ASC), which, unlike embryonic stems cells, have already proven to be effective in curing diseases. "Cord blood stem cells are 90 percent effective in sickle cell anemia, they are effective in leukemia, in lymphomas, and those three among many others are getting short shrift because Kerry and his allies in the media want to argue about ESC research when there are adult stem cells and cord blood cells which are in fact helping to save lives right now," Reagan told NewsMax.com. I think that Laura Bush has been particularly effective in getting out the real message about stem cell research on the campaign stump. President Bush should give more details about stem cell research when talking about it in the debates so more people will really understand this research.