Armstrong Pushes Bush for Cancer Research

Monday, August 22nd 2005, 10:02 am
By: News On 6

CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) _ Lance Armstrong said he set a one-day record during his bike ride with President Bush _ not for cycling but for lobbying.

During their two-hour ride on Bush's ranch Saturday, Armstrong pushed the president to spend more federal money on cancer research.

``I've never asked someone for so much money before,'' the seven-time Tour de France winner and cancer survivor told ABC's ``This Week'' for its Sunday broadcast.

Armstrong added that the Iraq war, which he opposes, never came up during their 17-mile ride.

Bush has taken up cycling in the past few years, and Armstrong said the president has become an accomplished rider.

``That old boy can go,'' Armstrong said. ``I didn't think he would punish himself that much, but he did.''