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PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Texas senator and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz called for a big bump in funding to cure Alzheimer’s at a town hall meeting in Portsmouth, N.H., on Thursday.

Cruz joins a handful of other presidential candidates who have called for increased funding into medical research and development. Cruz’s comments came after an audience member shared her experience as a caregiver of two people with Alzheimer’s disease and her frustration over the amount of spending put into searching for a cure for the disease.


“I, too, have seen firsthand the ravages of Alzheimer’s,” Cruz said, noting that his grandmother, a schoolteacher in Cuba, suffered from the condition for 10 years. Cruz said spending on research and development around treatments and cures for Alzheimer’s should “dramatically increase,” though he did not pinpoint by how much.

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