There's a new effort to get the presidential candidates to focus on space.

Space Florida is working with three other battleground states to make sure America's space program is a part of the campaign for president.

Important issues like national security, the economy and immigration have dominated the race for the White House.

So far none of the candidates from either party has said much about what they would change at NASA if they became president.

Current Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump was asked back in August about sending humans to Mars.

"Honestly, I think it's wonderful,” said Trump, “I want to rebuild our infrastructure first, OK?"

But space experts say cutting funding to NASA, to better aid roads or schools, would impact Florida's space industry and thousands of workers in Brevard County.

"That would be a significant challenge for us here," said Space Florida’s Dale Ketcham.

The state’s Space Florida organization is now working with Ohio, Colorado and Virginia, hoping to provide a unified message about the importance of funding America’s space program.

Each has a stake in the space industry and each is a battleground state in the 2016 election.

"Any campaign that's trying to capture the White House is going to care a heck of a lot about an issue that resonates in Florida, Ohio, Virginia and Colorado,” said Ketcham. “So we're trying to leverage what political influence we have to the advantages of space in general and Florida in particular."

The president always plays an important role in space policy. When President Barack Obama took office; he cancelled President Bush's Constellation Program, which would have sent astronauts back to the moon.

The next president will decide if NASA should continue its plan to use the Orion spacecraft to send humans to Mars.