In a recent campaign stop in Iowa, Governor Mitt Romney pledged to expand American farm exports and criticized the president’s response to the summer’s drought.
Iowa is one of several critical swing states in the 2012 election. With up to fifty electoral votes up for grabs across the Corn Belt, agriculture has become a major issue on the campaign trail. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has already completed several speaking tours across the Midwest, all praising the Obama administration’s handling of the agricultural economy, while several senators and representatives have put the failure of the farm bill at the center of their campaign narratives.
At his stop in Iowa, Romney criticized a series of ads from the Obama campaign putting Romney’s pledge to cut funding for the Public Broadcasting Service in the spotlight. Romney criticized the president’s lack of action on farms and agriculture, stating, “You have to scratch your head when the president spends the last week talking about saving Big Bird.”
“What I am going to do is make sure I devote my time to getting trade promotion authority, that I use that authority to reach new deals, that we open up new markets for American farms, and American goods of all kinds. Because we can compete on a level playing field with anyone in the world,” said Romney.
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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer