Former Farm Bureau president Dean Kleckner has recently endorsed Herman Cain for president, stating that he believesthe former pizza CEO would stand up for the rights of farmers. Kleckner’s endorsement could prove to be a major boost to the Cain campaign, which is currently struggling against allegations of sexual harassment.
Kleckner, as the former head of the American Farm Bureau Federation and the Iowa Farm Bureau, carries a great deal of influence within the agricultural community. In addition to his ties to the farm community, his ties to the state of Iowa could very well boost Cain’s campaign for the Republican nomination. The Iowa caucus, the first 2012 Republican primary contest in the nation, is a must win for Cain.
Kleckner stated that he believed Cain’s business experience would be beneficial for the agricultural industry. Stating that government overregulation has hurt the farm sector, Kleckner endorsed Cain’s laissez faire style of government.
Cain was equally supportive of Kleckner and the farm industry, stating, “I spent much of my life in the food industry and we could not have succeeded without great American agriculture. I want to thank Mr. Kleckner for his endorsement and let all farmers know that we will stand with them as they try to feed the world.”
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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer