Brown and Obama Campaign on Rural Issues

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown and President Barack Obama, both campaigning for reelection this Tuesday, are hoping that agricultural issues will help solidify their respective leads and push them over the edge on election day.

For the past month, Democrats across the country have hoped that agricultural issues would help them in the upcoming election. The failure of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, in particular, has become a major issue on the campaign trail.

Sherrod Brown has likewise placed the farm bill at the center of his campaign. As the first Ohioan in forty years to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee, Brown was able to effectively advocate for rural Ohio interests, his campaign has argued.

Senator Brown, his campaign claims, has fought for rural interests, been an active champion of the 2012 Farm Bill, and a supporter of farm safety net programs. President Obama’s agricultural argument has been similar, focusing on various agricultural policy decisions and with the president hyping his efforts in passing free trade bills.

In addition, both Brown and Obama have argued that the Republican senate candidate Josh Mandel and Governor Mitt Romney have little interest in agricultural issues (with both the Brown and Obama campaigns citing Romney’s vague farm policy positions).

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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer