It was Livestrong Day in the nation’s capital on Wednesday and Lance Armstrong and his Livestrong Foundation “brought in two people from each state — most of them cancer survivors or caregivers — to lobby their congressional representatives for more cancer research funds, with the eventual goal of curing cancer.” Armstrong didn’t miss the chance to criticize Bush for his tax cuts and cuts to the budget for the National Cancer Institute.
At an afternoon rally framed by the U.S. Capitol dome, Armstrong orated like a polished politician, or perhaps a general.
“This is bigger than winning seven Tours,” he intoned with his yellow-clad troops phalanxed behind him. “I have the history, the passion, the time and the army.”
Armstrong has been glad-handing politicians with his inspirational message of hope.
At a Tuesday night reception at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, he insisted the cancer battle is a bipartisan effort.
He did criticize the Bush administration for cutting taxes while also cutting the budget for the National Cancer Institute.
“Taking from the poor and giving to the rich has never been a good policy,” he told the audience, which included Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., and dozens of congressional staffers.
“We want the hard questions asked,” Armstrong said, pointing out that 600,000 Americans die every year from cancer. “And remember, we vote.”