President Nixon told a press conference in Washington on Tuesday ( 11 May ) that he was assuming direct responsibility for the waging of America's war against cancer.
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TRANSCRIPT: NIXON: "Now there have been some very significant breakthroughs that indicate that we can really look forward to the day when we can find a cure for cancer. It doesn't mean it is going to come quickly, how quickly it will come will depend upon the amount of effort that is put in and also depend upon the genius of those who are working on the problem. But, so far as the cure is concerned, and as far as the time when it is found, it will not fail because of lack of money. If the hundred million dollars this year is not enough, we will provide more money to the extent that if money is needed it will be provided. It will not fail for lack of organisation. The organisation is being set up and will call upon all the resources of the National Institute of Health. And of course you cannot separate any one disease out, without having the various experts in the other fields being able to make a contribution. And finally, it will not suffer for lack or organisation being directed and having special Presidential interests."
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Background: President Nixon told a press conference in Washington on Tuesday ( 11 May ) that he was assuming direct responsibility for the waging of America's war against cancer.
The President, whose own family has been struck by the disease, said that he would ask Congress to create an independent cancer cure programme to be financed initially with one hundred million dollars ( 41 million sterling ).
SYNOPSIS: President Nixon has announced that he is to ask Congress to create an independent cancer cure programme, and that he would assume responsibility for its success. A member of the president's own family died from the disease.