In the final sprint of this election season, presidential and congressional candidates are stepping up their outreach to voters but for the most part, issues related to research and innovation have not been part of the conversation. The final presidential debate on October 19 did not highlight topics relevant to medical progress or provide recommendations on how to combat health threats like cancer, Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease and infectious disease. Moderator Chris Wallace asked both candidates how they’d fix the sluggish economy and create jobs. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton discussed her plans to make the biggest investment in good paying jobs since World War II. She didn’t mention the role of research in job creation and economic growth but a plan on her website includes support for scientific research and technological innovation. Earlier in the week at a rally in New Hampshire, Republican candidate Donald Trump committed to tackling the opioid abuse problem, which would likely create more services and jobs throughout the country.
Research!America and partners launched a Campaign for Cures online ad campaign in October urging voters to ask their candidates for President and Congress their views on medical progress. The ads, which ran in key states and in the DC metro area, drove visitors to the Campaign for Cures website, featuring an interactive map with more than 500 candidate quotes on public and private sector medical innovation. View the quotes at www.campaignforcures.org.