The much-anticipated first presidential debate occurred with minimal attention to research and health issues, and the vice presidential debate was no different. During the presidential debate on September 26, Clinton mentioned mental health during a discussion on racial tensions, emphasizing that police officers need more support and training on how best to handle difficult situations with individuals suffering from mental illness. But neither candidate touched on the need for faster medical progress or a solid public health system.
With more presidential debates to come, Sunday, October 9 and Wednesday, October 19, research advocates are urging candidates to raise these issues. Research!America has issued an open letter to debate moderators urging them to ask candidates questions on what they will do to fight public health threats, like cancer, Alzheimer’s and Zika. How would candidates ensure research and innovation is a priority for their administration? What would they do in the first 100 days in office to advance research for health?
Our national voter education initiative Campaign for Cures also continues to press candidates for their views on medical research and innovation. Over 500 quotes have been added to the campaign’s interactive online map, with many candidates across the political spectrum voicing their support for medical research and innovation. View the quotes at www.campaignforcures.org.