WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- The two major candidates vying for the open U.S. Senate seat in Maryland had sharp words for each other Sunday on NBC News' "Meet the Press."
A Steele counter-ad featuring the candidate's sister calls Cardin's stem cell ads "deceptive" and "tasteless," and said the lieutenant governor supports adult stem cell research.
Sunday, TV host Tim Russert asked Steele why he opposed using federal money for stem cell research that would use unneeded embryos usually thrown away by fertility clinics.
"We have 400,000 (unneeded embryos in storage), I think, across the country," Steele said. "I would pursue options that would allow us to look at adoption of some of those embryos," at least for those which are viable.
"I see that as a life, and I don't think that we should use federal funds to (destroy embryos in stem cell research), and that's the difference to me," he added.