Joe Biden vows to 'cure cancer' if he is elected president

The Democratic hopeful made the bold pledge at a 2020 election campaign rally in Iowa.

The former vice-president, whose son died of brain cancer in 2015, told supporters on Tuesday: “I promise you if I’m elected president you’re going to see the single most important thing that changes America. We’re going to cure cancer.”

Improving cancer care has long been a focus of Mr Biden, whose eldest son Beau battled the disease for years before his death at the age of 46.

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2/22 Joe Biden

The former vice president – poised to be a frontrunner – has announced his run. He recently faced scrutiny for inappropriate touching of women, but was thought to deal with the criticism well

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3/22 Elizabeth Warren

The Massachusetts Senator has formally launched her bid for president in 2020. A progressive Democrat, she is a major supporter of regulating Wall Street.

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4/22 Bill De Blasio

The New York mayor announced his bid on 16 May 2019. He emerged in 2013 as a leading voice in the left wing of his party but has struggled to build a national profile and has suffered a number of political setbacks in his time as mayor

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5/22 Pete Buttigieg

The Indiana mayor and war veteran will be running for president. If elected, he would be the first openly LGBT+ president in American history

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6/22 Beto O’Rourke

The former Texas congressman formally launched his bid for the presidency in March. He intends to run on a progressive platform, stating that the US is driven by “gross differences in opportunity and outcome”

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7/22 Steve Bullock

The Montana governor announced his bid on 14 May. He stated “We need to defeat Donald Trump in 2020 and defeat the corrupt system that lets campaign money drown out the people’s voice, so we can finally make good on the promise of a fair shot for everyone.” He also highlighted the fact that he won the governor’s seat in a red [Republican] state

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8/22 Cory Booker

The New Jersey Senator has announced that he will be running for the presidency in 2020. If he secures the nomination he said finding a female vice president would be a priority

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9/22 Wayne Messam

Mayor of the city of Miramar in the Miami metropolitan area, Wayne Messam has announced his bid. He intends to run on a progressive platform against the “broken” federal government. He favours gun regulations and was a signatory to a letter from some 400 mayors condemning President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord

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10/22 Kirsten Gillibrand

The New York Senator formally announced her presidential bid in January, saying that “healthcare should be a right, not a privilege”

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11/22 Kamala Harris

The former California attorney general will be running for president in 2020. Introduced to the national stage during Jeff Sessions’ testimony, she has endorsed Medicare-for-all and proposed a major tax-credit for the middle class

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12/22 John Delaney

The Maryland congressman was the first to launch his bid for presidency, making the announcement in 2017

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13/22 Tulsi Gabbard

The Hawaii congresswoman announced her candidacy in January, but is likely to face tough questions on her past comments on LGBT+ rights and her stance on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

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14/22 Andrew Yang

The entrepreneur has announced his presidential candidacy, and has pledged that he would introduce a universal basic income of $1,000 a month to every American over the age of 18

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15/22 Julian Castro

The former San Antonio mayor announced his candidacy in January and said that his running has a “special meaning” for the Latino community in the US

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16/22 Marianne Williamson

The author and spiritual adviser has announced her intention to run for president. She had previously run for congress as an independent in 2014 but was unsuccessful

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17/22 Eric Swalwell

One of the younger candidates, Swalwell has served on multiple committees in the House of Representatives. He intends to make gun control central to his campaign

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18/22 Seth Moulton

A Massachusetts congressman, Moulton is a former US soldier who is best known for trying to stop Nancy Pelosi from becoming speaker of the house

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19/22 Amy Klobuchar

Klobuchar is a Minnesota senator who earned praise for her contribution to the Brett Kavanaugh hearings

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20/22 Jay Inslee

Inslee has been governor of Washington since 2013. His bid centres around climate change

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21/22 John Hickenlooper

The former governor of Colorado is running on a sensible ticket. He aims to sell himself as an effective leader who is open to compromise and evidences this with his experience as governor

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22/22 Tim Ryan

Ohio representative Tim Ryan will be running a campaign that hinges on his working class roots

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1/22 Bernie Sanders

The Vermont senator has announced that he will be running again in 2020 after losing out to Hilary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primaries. He intends to run on a similar platform of democratic socialist reform

Getty

2/22 Joe Biden

The former vice president – poised to be a frontrunner – has announced his run. He recently faced scrutiny for inappropriate touching of women, but was thought to deal with the criticism well

EPA

3/22 Elizabeth Warren

The Massachusetts Senator has formally launched her bid for president in 2020. A progressive Democrat, she is a major supporter of regulating Wall Street.

Reuters

4/22 Bill De Blasio

The New York mayor announced his bid on 16 May 2019. He emerged in 2013 as a leading voice in the left wing of his party but has struggled to build a national profile and has suffered a number of political setbacks in his time as mayor

AFP/Getty

5/22 Pete Buttigieg

The Indiana mayor and war veteran will be running for president. If elected, he would be the first openly LGBT+ president in American history

Getty

6/22 Beto O’Rourke

The former Texas congressman formally launched his bid for the presidency in March. He intends to run on a progressive platform, stating that the US is driven by “gross differences in opportunity and outcome”

AP

7/22 Steve Bullock

The Montana governor announced his bid on 14 May. He stated “We need to defeat Donald Trump in 2020 and defeat the corrupt system that lets campaign money drown out the people’s voice, so we can finally make good on the promise of a fair shot for everyone.” He also highlighted the fact that he won the governor’s seat in a red [Republican] state

Reuters

8/22 Cory Booker

The New Jersey Senator has announced that he will be running for the presidency in 2020. If he secures the nomination he said finding a female vice president would be a priority

Getty

9/22 Wayne Messam

Mayor of the city of Miramar in the Miami metropolitan area, Wayne Messam has announced his bid. He intends to run on a progressive platform against the “broken” federal government. He favours gun regulations and was a signatory to a letter from some 400 mayors condemning President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord

Vice News

10/22 Kirsten Gillibrand

The New York Senator formally announced her presidential bid in January, saying that “healthcare should be a right, not a privilege”

Getty

11/22 Kamala Harris

The former California attorney general will be running for president in 2020. Introduced to the national stage during Jeff Sessions’ testimony, she has endorsed Medicare-for-all and proposed a major tax-credit for the middle class

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12/22 John Delaney

The Maryland congressman was the first to launch his bid for presidency, making the announcement in 2017

AP

13/22 Tulsi Gabbard

The Hawaii congresswoman announced her candidacy in January, but is likely to face tough questions on her past comments on LGBT+ rights and her stance on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

Getty

14/22 Andrew Yang

The entrepreneur has announced his presidential candidacy, and has pledged that he would introduce a universal basic income of $1,000 a month to every American over the age of 18

Getty

15/22 Julian Castro

The former San Antonio mayor announced his candidacy in January and said that his running has a “special meaning” for the Latino community in the US

Getty

16/22 Marianne Williamson

The author and spiritual adviser has announced her intention to run for president. She had previously run for congress as an independent in 2014 but was unsuccessful

Getty

17/22 Eric Swalwell

One of the younger candidates, Swalwell has served on multiple committees in the House of Representatives. He intends to make gun control central to his campaign

Getty

18/22 Seth Moulton

A Massachusetts congressman, Moulton is a former US soldier who is best known for trying to stop Nancy Pelosi from becoming speaker of the house

Getty

19/22 Amy Klobuchar

Klobuchar is a Minnesota senator who earned praise for her contribution to the Brett Kavanaugh hearings

Getty

20/22 Jay Inslee

Inslee has been governor of Washington since 2013. His bid centres around climate change

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21/22 John Hickenlooper

The former governor of Colorado is running on a sensible ticket. He aims to sell himself as an effective leader who is open to compromise and evidences this with his experience as governor

Getty

22/22 Tim Ryan

Ohio representative Tim Ryan will be running a campaign that hinges on his working class roots

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During his time in Barack Obama’s administration, Mr Biden unveiled a “cancer moonshot” agenda with a stated ambition of making “a decade’s worth of advances in cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, in five years”.

After leaving office in 2017, he established the non-profit Biden Cancer Initiative as “a response to the lack of a cohesive, comprehensive and timely approach to cancer prevention”.

Mr Biden’s vow to end cancer unsurprisingly raised eyebrows on social media, where some accused him of giving people “false hope”. 

There are more than 100 types of cancer and it is unlikely scientists could establish a single cure for them all.

Science journalist and geneticist Rob Arthur said Mr Biden’s vow was a “lofty goal but a dumb thing to promise”. He added: “There is not and for the foreseeable future cannot be a single ‘cure for cancer’. Cancer is an incredibly heterogeneous disease – breast cancer is not like brain cancer is not like leukaemia, and no cure would work on all of them.”

Others wanted Mr Biden to instead focus his attention on pursuing universal healthcare for Americans.

“My grandpa is dying of cancer right now and can’t live with my grandma anymore because their insurance won’t cover mixed-care living facilities,” wrote one Twitter user. ”Curing cancer is completely irrelevant if that cure is locked away within the current healthcare system.”

But some defended Mr Biden and said his vow was “obviously personal for him” and “clearly aspirational”.

Journalist Sam Stein tweeted: “There’s plenty to go after Biden about. But his pledge/promise to cure cancer doesn’t strike me as one of them.”

Some polls have put Mr Biden as favourite to oust Donald Trump from the White House, with recent Quinnipiac surveys suggesting the Democrat could beat the president by as much as 13 per cent.

Source : The Independent

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