As the 2012 election heats up, President Barack Obama is ramping up his attacks on Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, hoping that criticisms of the Republican ticket’s agricultural policies can help him win crucial Midwestern battleground states.
For the past several months, Congress has delayed passing a new farm bill. While politicians have been long on pro-agricultural rhetoric, they have been short on action, stunning Americans with their unwillingness to pass new farm legislation.
With the 2012 election heating up, President Obama is using Congress’s inaction on the farm bill as a weapon on the campaign trail. Iowa in particular, one of several battleground states in the Corn Belt, is likely to respond to agricultural rhetoric (particularly considering that Iowa is facing some of the worst drought conditions in the country).
“Too many members of Congress are blocking the farm bill from becoming law,” Obama said at a campaign stop in Iowa earlier this week. “Governor Romney’s new running mate … he is one of the leaders of Congress standing in the way. If you see him, tell him how important it is … tell him to put politics aside when it comes to doing the right thing for rural America and for Iowa.”
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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer