Joe Biden made the absurd proclamation that he would cure cancer if only he gets your vote for president. But there is one little problem with slow Joe’s promise… he’s made it before and failed miserably.
The former Vice President made his promise to “cure cancer” during a campaign stop in Ottumwa, Iowa, on Tuesday.
Biden made the outlandish campaign promise because he sympathizes with people’s “loss.”
“‘I know how you feel'” when in reality they have “no idea how I feel,” a reference to the fact that he lost his son, Beau Biden, who died of brain cancer in 2015.
“That’s why I’ve worked so hard in my career to make sure that… I promise you if I’m elected president, you’re going to see the single most important thing that changes America, we’re gonna cure cancer,” Biden exclaimed.
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But, why is this all so familiar? Because Biden made this exact same promise back in 2016 when President Barack Obama put him in charge of the “Cancer Moonshot” to cure cancer.
“I am not a researcher. I am not an oncologist. I am not a geneticist. I am a Vice President of the United States. But I’ve been on the other end of the need,” Biden said in a statement about his Obama era charge to cure cancer.
Obviously he failed then, so why should we believe his promise now?
But the whole “Cancer Moonshot” initiative essentially resulted in a lot of sturm und drang signifying nothing. No cures came, no advances were made, and no progress was seen.
The reason it was called the “moonshot” initiative is that Obama and Biden promised to make curing cancer a policy as all consuming and pressing as the early NASA space program was, a program that led to man walking on the moon only a few years after it was begun.
In 1962, President John Kennedy promised that Americans would walk on the moon. That dream was realized only seven years later when Neil Armstrong became the first man on the moon in 1969.
Biden promised his own “moonshot” initiative to cure cancer in 2016. Three years later not a single move has been made toward that goal.
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