The announcement preceded a campaign event that Clinton is holding with Vice President Joe Biden, who has led the effort after the death of his son Beau of brain cancer in 2015.
“As president, I will take up the charge. My administration will carry out the mission the Vice President has set,” Clinton said in a statement. “Together, we will seize this moment. Together, we will make cancer as we know it a disease of the past.”
She also hinted at the rally in Scranton, Pa., that Biden could remain involved. “If I’m elected president this fall, I’m going to ask Joe to continue the important work he’s begun and help us fight and defeat cancer,” Clinton said.
Scott reported that in her statement, Clinton urged Congress to approve the White House’s billion-dollar funding request for the moonshot and promised to continue the work to encourage cooperation among cancer researchers, another centerpiece of the initiative.
“Simply put, if we make the right investments today, we can save lives,” she said.
The announcement adds another plank to Clinton’s medical-science platform. She has also released specific proposals for Alzheimer’s and autism research.
Last year on the campaign trail, she had endorsed the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s goal of ending that disease by 2020.
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