Former Vice President Joe Biden is stepping up. Two years after his oldest son, Beau, , Biden outlined his non-profit cancer initiative at the Fortune Brainstorm Health conference Tuesday night in San Diego.
"CBS This Morning" contributor Dr. David Agus, a cancer specialist at Southern California Keck School of Medicine, sits on the initiative's board and moderated the conversation.
Biden spoke about the significant impact he fears budget cuts could have on critical medical research, and also addressed.
Speaking before some of the top leaders in the biotech and health industry, the former vice president stressed the role of the government in scientific research that could lead to a cure.
"You've got to be able to do something to give some people some hope, to have a shot," Biden said.
He took aim at President Trump's proposal to
"I think our Republican colleagues have decided there are certain things that are just not negotiable, and I think science, the EPA, the idea, the idea that we're gutting — the proposal to gut the EPA, I mean, come on, for gosh sakes. It's just bizarre!" Biden exclaimed.
Agus asked, "How are we going to get the next young generation excited to make a difference here?"
"I think they are excited now," Biden replied. "You're starting to see a rising tide, a considerable rising tide. But what worries me is that, you know, if we just for one or two years make significant cuts we'll lose a whole generation of young people who would have moved and migrated to the area of dealing with anything from Alzheimer's to cancer. So it matters."
Agus also asked whether he is considering running in the 2020 presidential election, after.
"Now the election's over, Donald Trump is president and I'm disappointed, to state the obvious, but it was the right decision for me not to run and I don't plan on running. But everybody says because I won't commit that I will not run under any circumstance that must mean I'm running. I'm doing nothing to run," Biden said.