August 27th, 2007
12:07 PM ET
11 years ago

Iowa governor to candidates: we expect honesty

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CNN) - Iowa Gov. Chet Culver made a plea for honesty Monday at Lance Armstrong's two-day Livestrong Presidential Cancer Forum.

During an introductory speech welcoming several presidential candidates to Cedar Rapids, Culver said, "Because of our first-in-the-nation presidential caucus, we are accustomed to asking thoughtful and often very challenging questions. So a note to the candidates: we have come to expect honest, direct and straightforward answers."

The four Democrats who agreed to participate - Sen. Hillary Clinton, Sen. John Edwards, Gov. Bill Richardson, and Rep. Dennis Kucinich - will take the stage Monday at Armstrong's forum, which is focused solely on the issue of cancer. They will each have three minutes to make an opening statement, and then take questions from Lance Armstrong and Chris Matthews.

The only two Republicans to accept an invitation to speak on Tuesday are Senator Sam Brownback and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

- CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

Filed under: Iowa • Presidential Candidates
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Lara- Jackson, Ms.

    Where's Barack Obama during this cancer forum for Presidential candidates?

    August 27, 2007 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  2. ReadBtwthlins

    Good luck with that truth stuff Gov..

    But I'll bet you get lots of promises to expand cancer spending.

    August 27, 2007 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. Evan Esteves, Boca Raton, FL

    I am an Obama supporter to the very end, but I am not going to lie...I was disappointed that he didn't show up for this. Even more disappointing is that none of the Republican frontrunner's are showing up either...but that doesn't really surprise me

    August 27, 2007 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Honesty is a long shot for Shrillary, but likely for the other three. Obama would simply repeat his platitudes about hope if he were there.

    August 27, 2007 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  5. Claude, Mesa AZ

    Good Luck Governor. There's one candidate who will not be truthful because SHE won't tell you what she really thinks. Remember that line in the ABC debate?

    August 27, 2007 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  6. Cathy Turtletown Tn

    Honesty..........Yea, can we get a little honesty? If we want honesty we really need to pay attention to the person who flip-flops the most of the three frontrunners. Flip-flopping is not being honest and we need to stop forgetting that and remember it when going to the polls to vote. Sometimes America has a memory span of a gnat and tends to forget and over look things that just aren't right about someone. We have been deceived long enough! So be very careful this time around and do your homework on a candidate before you vote. I'm going to read how this forum turns out.

    August 27, 2007 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  7. Dr. Berney, Honolulu, Hi

    When it comes to Cancer you can't even get honesty from you oncologist, why would you expect it from a politician!

    August 27, 2007 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |