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Cancer Cure Becomes One of Joe Biden's Promises for 2020 Presidential Run

LBJ Library photo by Jay Godwin (Public Domain) via Flickr.com

Joe Biden’s highly reported campaign rally in Iowa was not only filled with digs on Donald Trump’s administration. He certainly took that chance to lay out some promises should he win the 2020 United States Presidential polls and one of them is working on a cancer cure.

"I've worked so hard in my career, that I promise you, if I'm elected president you're gonna see single most important thing that changes America,” Biden said in his speech on Tuesday in Ottumwa, Iowa. “We're gonna cure cancer.”

In Biden’s prepared remarks distributed to the press before he took the stage, there was no mention of his promise to “cure cancer.” Though, it read, “Trump pulled America out of the Paris Agreement. He just tried to put a muzzle on a State Department analyst to prevent him from discussing climate science in testimony to Congress. He thinks windmills cause cancer.”

It is not surprising that Biden has made the development of cancer cure his campaign promise. In 2015, Biden and his family mourned the death of his son, Beau Biden, after years of battling brain cancer.

After vacating his Vice President post in 2017, he focused on working on the Biden Cancer Initiative aims to "develop and drive implementation of solutions to accelerate progress in cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, research, and care, and to reduce disparities in cancer outcomes." Last April 25, however, Biden stepped down as chair of the organization's board of directors as he announced his bid for the 2020 Presidential election.

While still in office, in early 2016, Biden made the same promise saying, "Let’s make America the country that cures cancer once and for all." His four-year Cancer Moonshot program was announced the same year. Its goal is clear, that is to exhaust all possible resources to speed-up the development of a cancer cure in 2020.

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