Science and technology has been a non-issue for the candidates and for the media (not to mention a non-issue for the last 8 years in the white house). Why is the topic being ignored, how can we change that?

Science Debate 2008 ( http://www.sciencedebate2008.com ) says this:

Given the many urgent scientific and technological challenges facing America and the rest of the world, the increasing need for accurate scientific information in political decision making, and the vital role scientific innovation plays in spurring economic growth and competitiveness, we call for a public debate in which the U.S. presidential candidates share their views on the issues of The Environment, Health and Medicine, and Science and Technology Policy.