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When you arranged to have Senators Humphrey and Kennedy on television
and they couldn't come, did you fill those slots with someone else?
No, because the people only wanted either one of them. In the
meantime, just before we'd had the Senate lunch, President Nixon in
a State of the Union message called for an all out attack on cancer and
pledged an extra hundred million dollars to help implement an attack,
and give support for the kind of “concentrated effort” that landed men
on the moon and split the atom. Now, he really substantially by doing
this ignored the report of the panel and the size of the appropriation
that they had recommended. They had recommended that for the first year
400 million be spent, the next year 500 million, the next year 600 million
How could he ignore this?
He just did.
Had he prepared his remarks before it came out?
Actually Elmer Bobst got in to say what he did and 100 million
was a kind of sop to the whole thing -- Elmer is one of his major
At the same time, I got the American Cancer Society in February
to pass a resolution supporting the Senate bill.
Was that given publicity throughout all their chapters?
Yes. Which was -- at this time -- called S-34. There was some
opposition, and the fact that the legislative committee had passed a
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