In case you missed it, there’s an Agriculture summit taking place in Iowa. Folks mulling a run for the White House are in attendance, including Sen [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ]. All a would-be candidate would have to do really is stand in front of a stalk of corn and say “I’m all in for Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS)”. Which is exactly what Sep [mc_name name=’Rep. Steve King (R-IA)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’K000362′ ] said when he spoke to the crowd . To be fair Iowa is King’s state, so…
But, back to Cruz. He could have touted the virtues of the RFS, but he didn’t. Instead, he stands before all the farmers, these men and women of the earth who try to catch a break from mother nature and depend on the soil for their livelihood and announces,
“While I recognize that this is a gathering of a lot of folks where the answer you’d like to hear is, ‘I’m for the RFS,’ ” Cruz said, provoking ironic applause from a few in the crowd. “That’d be the easy thing to do,” Cruz continued. “But I’ll tell you, people are pretty fed up by the politicians who go around telling one group one thing and another group another thing, and then they go to Washington and don’t do anything they said they’re going to do.”
His opposition to the RFA is nothing new, as he’s spoken out against it before. According to the Hill article he previously called it corporate welfare. Yikes! Perhaps this wasn’t the best place to voice his concern over this particular government mandate, but in typical Cruz style he spoke his mind.
There are those who might argue that Cruz hails from Texas where oil is King, but the good Senator says there’s room for both. He explained to reporters later “I think ethanol and biofuel can continue to prosper and grow, but I don’t think it needs a government mandate to continue to grow the ethanol market,” he said. “Washington shouldn’t be picking winners and losers.” Which is the right answer. Hopefully, hopefully the farmers in Iowa get that part of the message. Its like Health insurance. its a good thing. Just don’t mandate it. here’s hoping Iowa farmers will understand what most of us already know Cruz says what he stands for and doesn’t change his tune depending on the lean of the group.
While at this summit, apparently he was asked about his future ambitions, because according to the story, he says support has been breathtaking. Financially as well as verbally. Maybe what he needs right now is a little more support. A few more emails, calls, faxes, balloon bouquets, singing telegrams, whatever you got. He says he plans on making a decision, soon.