Biden made the vow during a campaign event last week.
“I’ve worked so hard in my career that, 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,” he said.
Biden spearheaded a cancer initiative in the Obama administration after the death of his son, Beau, to brain cancer at age 46. But the promise was almost immediately met with criticism — some pundits viewed it as an unreasonably lofty goal that is unlikely to be met anytime soon.
Predictably, the remark also gained the attention of the Trumps. Trump Jr., the president’s eldest child, sharply criticized Biden at the president’s Orlando, Florida, campaign rally on Tuesday.
“‘Well, if you elect me president, I’m going to cure cancer,'” Trump Jr. said, mocking Biden. “Wow. Why the hell didn’t you do that over the last 50 years, Joe?”
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Here's Donald Trump Jr mocking Joe Biden last night for vowing to try to cure cancer … followed by President Trump promising hours later, at the same rally, to cure cancer, AIDS, and "lay the foundation" for a Mars landing — all in his second term pic.twitter.com/VjU5E5A4N1
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 19, 2019
But once President Donald Trump took the stage to give his remarks to the arena of supporters, things took an awkward turn. The president made nearly the same vow for his own re-election campaign — and even upped Biden with a promise to cure another deadly disease.
“We will push onward with new medical frontiers,” the president said. “We will come up with the cures to many, many problems — to many, many diseases, including cancer and others.
“And we’re getting closer all the time,” he added. “We will eradicate AIDS in America once and for all, and we’re very close.”
Campaigns are built on inspiring voters with ambitious goals and lofty messaging, but there’s a difference between vowing to work toward curing a deadly disease and outright promising to do so. One outlines the priorities of your administration — the other has the potential to give false hope to those in need.