WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama tasked Vice President Joe Biden to run “mission control” on a very personal mission for him: A “moonshot” to cure cancer, which killed Biden’s son, Beau, earlier this year.

“Last year, Vice President Biden said that with a new moonshot, America can cure cancer. Last month, he worked with this Congress to give scientists at the National Institutes of Health the strongest resources they’ve had in over a decade,” Obama said to a bipartisan standing ovation, one of the strongest of the night.

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