Peter Viereck

“What keeps earth air breathable? Not oxygen alone. The earth is a freer place to breathe in, every time you love without calculating a return -- every time you make your drudgeries and routines still more inefficient by stopping to experience the shock of beauty wherever it unpredictably flickers.”

Peter Viereck, Underadjusted Man in the Age of Overadjustment

Against SOPA

"What is your take on SOPA, and how do you believe it affects Americans," a user asked the candidates via Twitter. "You're asking a conservative about the economic interests of Hollywood," said former Speaker Newt Gingrich.

"On the other hand, you have virtually everybody who's technologically advanced, including Google, YouTube, and Facebook, and all the folks who say 'this is going to totally mess up the Internet, and the bill in its current form is written really badly, and leads to a range of censorship.'"

"I favor freedom," he said. "If a company finds that it has genuinely been infringed upon, it has the right to sue. But the idea that we're going to preemptively have the government start censoring the Internet on behalf of giant corporations' economic interests strikes me as exactly the wrong thing to do."

Timothy B. Lee, At GOP debate, all four candidates oppose SOPA, Arstechnica (January 20, 2012)

Adam Bellow

"I know what Andrew Breitbart would say if he were here: Stop giving money to Karl Rove to spend on useless political ads. Instead, you should support the conservative literary wing, which has been producing great stuff against tremendous odds and urgently needs your help."

Adam Bellow, Let Your Right Brain Run Free, National Review (July 7, 2014)

Nicholas Thompson

"The Republican Party has often been the party of science and technology. Abraham Lincoln created the National Academy of Sciences and earned a patent on shipping technology. The creationist Democrat William Jennings Bryan twice lost to the Republican William McKinley. Dwight Eisenhower was perhaps the most forceful Oval Office advocate for science and technology of the last century. By the nineteen-seventies, Republicans—particularly Richard Nixon—had begun to view scientists as agitating liberals. But through the Cold War, Republicans often backed the greatest scientific and technical schemes: from missile defense to the ARPANet."

Nicholas Thompson, Republicans vs. Science: Ranking the Candidates, The New Yorker (January 6, 2012)

Jon Huntsman

"To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy,"

-Gov. Jon Huntsman

Five Myths About NASA

"Had a breast exam lately? Algorithms developed for the Hubble Space Telescope improved image processing in mammography. Been caught in a natural disaster? NASA advances in deployable radio antennae helped secure emergency communications after Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Fighting the war on terror? Miniaturized sensors that sniff the air for traces of life on other planets led to the development of easy-to-use, hand-held devices to detect explosives and chemical agents on this one. NASA technology often finds a way back to Earth.

'At the height of the Apollo program, NASA consumed more than 4 percent of the federal budget. In the 1960s, that was a lot of money. Today, it’s a rounding error. NASA’s budget for fiscal year 2011 is roughly $18.5 billion — 0.5 percent of a $3.7 trillion federal budget. In 2010, Americans spent about as much on pet food."

Eric Sterner, Five Myths About NASA, Washington Post (July 1, 2011)