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Clinton Joins Huckabee in Making Medical Advancement a Priority: Finding a Way to Prevent and/or Cure Alzheimer’s

Washington, Jan. 10 – Recently, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joined former Gov. Mike Huckabee in making medical science a top priority. Clinton announced that she wants to invest $2 billion a year in funding for Alzheimer’s disease research.

In the announcement, Clinton focused on the massive human cost of Alzheimer’s. However, it also has a massive financial cost so big that it can impact everything that the government does. Meanwhile, somewhere in America, in the next minute (and roughly every minute after that), another American will develop Alzheimer’s or dementia. This is especially important to the disability community because adding Alzheimer’s to an existing disability compounds challenges in big ways.

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Huckabee Has Proven Record of Hiring People with Disabilities

Newton, Iowa, Jan. 3 – Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee says just because a person has a disability, it does not mean he has a disability to serve. More than just talk, he walked the walk by hiring people with disabilities while governor of Arkansas.

“I hired a number of people in my office who are disabled,” Huckabee said during a town hall on Saturday. He listed his chief of constituents services, who was blind since birth, assistant director of legal services, who was deaf, and director of human services, who was a paraplegic.

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Huckabee Calls for Full Integration of Disability Community in Employment and Education

Washington, Dec. 12 – In an exclusive interview, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee stressed the need to employ people with disabilities, calling people who are blind, deaf and with physical disabilities his “best staff members.” The presidential hopeful also talked about inclusion in the educational setting in the interview with a coalition of disability groups including RespectAbility, Paralyzed Veterans of America and the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities.

“People who may have a disability still have a lot of abilities,” Huckabee said. “And they should be employed. They should have the opportunity to use the skills that they have, often are extraordinarily useful and valuable.”

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Huckabee Expanded Accessibility of Arkansas State Capitol, Encourages People with Disabilities to Examine His Record

Des Moines, Nov. 25 – Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee said people with disabilities could “look at his record” and be comforted.

“I’ve been very supportive of the ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act) in my own state,” the former governor of Arkansas said following the Presidential Family Forum Friday night. “When we did renovations to the governor’s mansion, we made it accessible to the disabled. We did the same thing in the state capitol.”

In March 2000, Huckabee was one of four governors who wrote U.S. Senate leaders urging Congress to fully fund 40 percent of Part B services as authorized by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA.)  The letter noted the federal government’s contribution then amounted to only 13 percent, and “although Governors strongly support providing the necessary services and support to help all students succeed, the costs associated with implementing IDEA are placing an increased burden on states.”

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To Save Medicare, Huckabee Says Fight Chronic Disease

Boulder, Oct. 29 – In an effort to stand out on the crowded stage of the CNBC Republican debate, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee offered a different perspective on addressing income inequality and the cost of Medicare.

“We need to be focusing on what fixes this country,” the presidential hopeful said. “Instead of cutting benefits for old people, cutting benefits for sick people, why don’t we say ‘let’s cure the four big cost-driving diseases?’”

Huckabee identified diabetes, heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s as critical conditions affecting our country and in need of action.

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Bob Wickers: Huckabee Values All Human Lives

Cleveland, August 8 – Gov. Mike Huckabee cares “as much for any human being regardless of their condition,” campaign spokesperson Bob Wickers told The RespectAbility Report following the Fox News debate in Cleveland Thursday evenig.

Read the full conversation below:

Q: Can you tell me what Gov. Huckabee’s message would be for people with disabilities –  the one in five Americans who has a disability?

Wickers: Well, I think he obviously is someone who thinks every human life is valuable no matter what. So his message would be, care as much for any human being regardless of their condition.

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