Presidential Candidates Stray from Discussions on Rural Issues

Campaigns continue before the elections next month - but Presidential candidates President Obama and Mitt Romney are basically omitting discussions on rural-specific issues - despite the fact that some of the major swing states consider agriculture to be very important. As an example - a South Dakota newspaper notes how Romney announced his candidacy on a New Hampshire farm - but didn't mention anything dealing with agriculture in his 21-minute speech. Also - Obama visited an Iowa farm museum this summer - but barely even mentioned renewable fuels. University of North Dakota Economics Department Chair David Flynn says both candidates miss the opportunity to score points by showing the understand agriculture issues - but House Ag Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson says it's going to bring problems to ag no matter who wins. Flynn actually says rural voters are forced to support the candidate of their favorite parties because neither provides enough information and specifics on rural policies for those voters to make good decisions.

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