Lance Armstrong and Chris Matthews are teaming up to make sure the candidates for president don’t forget to, in Armstrong’s words, “discuss the No. 1 killer in this country:” cancer. It’s part of the two-day Livestrong Presidential Cancer Forum to be held in Cedar Rapids, IA.
Matthews and Armstrong will host the 2-hour forums. Democrats will take part on Monday, August 27; the Republicans on Tuesday, August 28. “Working on a cure for cancer should be a national priority,” said Matthews. “I look forward to working with Lance to bring more attention to this cause.”
Forbes reports at least five candidates have confirmed their attendance, including John Edwards, Gov. Bill Richardson, Tommy Thompson, Sen. Sam Brownback and Mike Huckabee.
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MSNBCâ€™S CHRIS MATTHEWS WILL JOIN LANCE ARMSTRONG TO CO-MODERATE INAUGURAL PRESIDENTIAL CANCER FORUM
Two-Day Forum Features Democratic & Republican Candidates in Cedar Rapids, Iowa â€“ August 27 and 28
MSNBC.com Will Live Stream The Forum
SECAUCUS, NJ â€“ July 25, 2007 â€“ Chris Matthews, MSNBC’s election anchor and host of “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” will serve as co-moderator along with seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong for the first-ever LivestrongÂ® Presidential Cancer Forum. Presidential hopefuls from both parties will gather in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on August 27 and 28 to discuss how best to fight cancer. The Democratic forum will be held on Monday, August 27 and the Republican forum on August 28. Both forums will be held in the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (ET).
Viewers can submit questions prior to the forum in one of several ways: by sending their own videos to www.hardball.msnbc.com, by sending a question to the Lance Armstrong Foundation at www.Livestrong.org, and by sending a question to MSNBC.com’s politics page, http://politics.msnbc.com, where viewers will also be able to watch live video streams of the two-day forum. MSNBC.com’s interactive features also allow viewers to learn more about where candidates stand on important issues, vote on the candidates’ performances, and post their thoughts on the message boards.
As announced on July 16 by the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the Livestrong Presidential Cancer Forum will serve as the first forum that will allow candidates to detail how their administration would work to fight cancer, a disease that kills more than half a million Americans ever year. The forum stems from a commitment by Armstrong and his foundation to unite citizens, government officials and cancer organizations across the country to make cancer a national priority.