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Coleman: No apology for stem cell-Nazis comparison

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 12, 2010 at 2:05 p.m.

A Republican candidate for a Senate seat in Arkansas says he doesn’t think he needs to apologize for comparing embryonic stem cell research to Nazi experiments on Jews during the Holocaust.

Curtis Coleman, one of eight Republicans running for the nomination to challenge Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln, on Thursday stood by his statement that embryonic stem cell research was similar to “what the Nazis did to the Jews.”

Coleman told radio host Thom Hartmann on his nationally syndicated show that he wasn’t sure why an apology would be needed for the comment.

Coleman is the chief executive officer of Safe Foods Inc. in North Little Rock and managed former Gov. Mike Huckabee’s unsuccessful 1992 Senate bid. He made the stem cell comment during an interview with a Little Rock television station earlier this week.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... February 12, 2010 at 2:56 p.m.

Well, he is showing that he has a back bone, now lets see where it takes him.

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Uriage98 says... February 12, 2010 at 3:16 p.m.

This is no back bone this is simply ridiculous. I'm coming from a family who fought the nazi during WWII. I don't see the relation between this. The nazi were a plague, stem, cell research saves life. Not the nazi. Obviously Coleman doesn't know what he is talking about. Shame on him. No wonder why we are so intellectually challenge here!

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... February 12, 2010 at 3:46 p.m.

I did not say he or his back bone was smart, and yes stem cell research has saved lives, and I'm for that.

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ruby1 says... February 12, 2010 at 4:06 p.m.

My God. Only a republican pig could be so carelessly callous and ignorant to say such a thing. Another fine example why Arkaloids are the most stupid population in the country...Could it be the mass inbreeding??

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manta says... February 12, 2010 at 4:15 p.m.

For Mr. Coleman to even make this comparison, indicates that he is either ignorance about Nazi history or he is a idiot.

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govhater says... February 12, 2010 at 4:26 p.m.

My son has juvenile diabetes and we are hoping for the day that stem cell research cures him. I guess that makes me the first black nazi sympathizer. I wish the republicans would grow up.

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ruby1 says... February 12, 2010 at 4:26 p.m.

Manta, He is both. I wish is were possible to send this redneck back in time as a prisoner to a Nazi labor camp. He deserves to live that experience.

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sleuthy2 says... February 12, 2010 at 4:47 p.m.

Mr. Coleman, calling everyone with whom you disagree a Nazi as your first interview as a candidate doesn't build public confidence concerning your qualifications as a would-be senator. What sorts of health policies a Senator Coleman support? If he and President Sarah Palin conspired to pass laws to make microscopic cells in embryos legal "persons," how would they locate these nascent tea partiers?(Inside a woman's body, these cells are invisible, and many embryos and first trimester fetusus are flushed from the uterus before a woman even knows she has conceived one of Senator Coleman's constituents.) If frozen embryos, discarded by the hundreds of thousands in fertility clinics, have full human rights, then should those who leave their genetic materials in cold storage face child neglect charges?

Honestly, aren't there enough real children in the world who need parents (including sperm donors) who support them, as well as public officials who ensure that sufficient education, health care, jobs and such are available for those children?

Mr. Coleman, I don't know what your credentials are for federal service, but based on your comments in this news story, I would advice you to stick to selling groceries.

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Uriage98 says... February 12, 2010 at 4:47 p.m.

To all,

I'm happy to see your reactions. Seems that Mr. Coleman needs to seriously learn his history and like ruby1 said: he deserves to live that experience. May be one day he will be happy to hear that stem cell research saved his little life. Mr. Coleman if you read those comments you should be awfully ashamed to dare to compare stem cell research and nazi. You have obviously never suffered or lived enough to know the real value of life. You are an ignorant in term of history like some of your people. No wonder why you are so narrow minded!

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darrenzworld200808230656 says... February 13, 2010 at 7:08 a.m.

All this guy did was make a reference to something that is a sore subject in some people's minds. It actually is similar to what they did to the Jews. Technology has made stem cell research possible. If you recall Republicans have always been against it mainly because of government funding. Mr. Coleman is simply standing behind his party's stance on it. He meant nothing offensive about the Jews or the Nazi's. Give the guy a break. At least he had the stones to stand behind what he said, unlike most of the other cowards in this race who refuse to comment on it.

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