Huckabee: Ban Public Place Smoking

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 2:26 PM

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Republican presidential hopefuls Mike Huckabee and Sam Brownback on Tuesday suggested that as president they would increase federal spending for cancer research and focus more on preventing the disease.

“We are about to see a tsunami of cancer in America” because the graying of the Baby Boomer generation means more people are reaching ages in which the risk of cancer is higher, said Brownback, himself a skin cancer survivor. “If you have a tsunami coming, you don’t just wait to count the dead bodies, you get prepared.”

Said Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor and healthy-living advocate known for his dramatic 110-pound weight loss: “If we spend money on the front end preventing and researching, we’d spend a lot less of it on the back end” because there would be fewer people needing to undergo expensive treatments for the chronic disease.

“Study after study show the return on investment,” he added.

The two, considered second-tier GOP contenders, appeared separately at a forum sponsored by Lance Armstrong, a seven-time Tour de France champion cyclist and a cancer survivor. All Republican presidential candidates were invited, but none of the leading contenders _ including cancer survivors Rudy Giuliani and John McCain _ were present.

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