It can be tricky to determine, with any certainty, where the candidates stand on the issues, including on issues of science.
That’s why, for the second presidential election cycle in a row, Scientific American magazine has partnered with ScienceDebate.org to pose 20 questions to the candidates — questions that were developed and refined by dozens of scientific organizations that represent more than 10 million scientists.
The candidates’s responses were graded on three criteria: Does the answer actually address the question posed? Is the answer well-informed, with respect to scientific consensus? Does the answer have workable details?
Here & Now‘s Robin Young talks with Christine Gorman, a senior editor at Scientific American who oversaw the process, about the questions, and the candidates’ answers and grades.