WASHINGTON (CNN) – Lance Armstrong, the seven-time Tour de France winner and cancer survivor, called on the presidential candidates to participate in a forum to discuss a national strategy on fighting cancer in a video posted on his foundation's Web site Thursday.
"I think whoever wants to be commander in chief ought to answer the cancer question," Armstrong said in the video. He referred to cancer as "the No. 1 killer in this country" and said it should be talked about "just like they would discuss war or terror or taxes."
Sean Mossman, a spokesman for Armstrong's charity LIVESTRONG, said that Armstrong personally called the candidates and asked them to participate in the forums.
The Democratic forum is scheduled for August 27 and the Republicans are set for the following day, both in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. So far, Democratic candidates New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards have committed to participating. Edwards' wife is currently suffering from an incurable type of cancer. On the Republican side, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson and Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback have all committed.
Mossman said he is in "positive negotiations" with the rest of the candidates and he thinks more of them will commit soon.
"The concept is appealing to them and they understand the need for this type of forum," Mossman said. "They appreciate that someone is taking the lead on that."
– CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich
Maybe he should hang out with Ron Paul... I heard that biking is one of his favorite activites.
I also heard Ron Paul is into cycling.
Yeah, I'm sure Ron would be able to keep up with Lance...
Go, Lance, go!
I say that we should worry more about deporting the "undocumented workers," fixing the trade imbalance between the US and China, and the reinstallation of morals into America before allowing a professional cyclist to present a presidential forum on things that are already being researched. This sounds like another red herring to me. When a country worries more about the lives of animals than the lives of newborns, American Idol than patriotism, and cheap consumables rather than retaining equity in our nation, something is wrong..
Someone needs to address this. Our current administration cut funding for cancer research, while at the same time doubling the money we are sending to Sub-Saharan Africa to fight AIDS to 30 BILLION DOLLARS. It's quite clear where Bush's priorities lie. He'd rather save children halfway around the world than ones in his own back yard. Disgusting.
That is definitely one of the more heartless things I have ever read in my life.
Simple measures to combat AIDS in Africa can save HUGE numbers of lives. There is a world outside your backyard. American lives are not the only ones that count in this world.