Former Agriculture Secretary under George W. Bush and current Senator from Nebraska Mike Johanns is spending the last few days of the campaign season stumping for Mitt Romney in agricultural states.
For the last few months, the Obama administration has been making heavy use of Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, who has been crisscrossing the Midwest praising the administration’s handling of agricultural issues.
Johanns and Romney are hoping to counter this narrative in the closing days of the campaign. Johanns and Romney are particularly focused on the Obama administration’s regulatory activity, claiming that new burdens placed on farms will hurt jobs. The Labor Department’s abandoned child labor regulation, for example, has been a major issue on the campaign trail, with Johanns and Romney accusing Obama of undermining the farm sector. A non-existent plan on the part of the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate dust pollution has also come up, with Johanns criticizing Obama for taking too long to deny the existence of such regulations.
According to Senator Johanns, “When Mitt Romney becomes president, he will absolutely reject such job-killing policies and stand with agriculture, not against it. He knows a lot about job creation. He understands that government should create an environment for growth and then get out of the way.”
With polls in agricultural swing states like Iowa and Ohio showing a tight race, the candidates’ farm policy could potentially tip the balance of the election.
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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer