More Insight Into Lance Armstrong's Politics
He chose the war in Iraq, not the National Endowment for the Arts, not the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and not AIDS funding. I think it says something myself.
Armstrong, a member of the President's Cancer Panel since 2002, says "we have the smartest people in the world" working on cures, so his role is to get the funds to keep that research alive.
"Funding is tough to come by these days," he says. "The biggest downside to a war in Iraq is what you could do with that money. What does a war in Iraq cost a week? A billion? Maybe a billion a day? The budget for the National Cancer Institute is four billion. That has to change. It needs to become a priority again.
"Polls say people are much more afraid of cancer than of a plane flying into their house or a bomb or any other form of terrorism. It is a priority for the American public."