ROMNEY VISITS: Focuses On Agriculture Policies

Mitt Romney has some work to do to win Iowa on election day.

The latest Rasmussen poll shows 49% of Iowans support President Obama, while 47% support the former Massachusetts governor.

During a campaign stop today in Van Meter, Romney tried to pull in some of those undecided voters by attacking President Obama’s farm policies.

His message was that he believes prosperity for rural Iowa begins with fewer regulations for farmers and lower taxes.

“The president has this idea that he wants to raise the tax rate from 35% to 40% and that won’t be good for farms. My view is that I want to take the tax rate down. I want to take it from 35% to 28%,” said Romney.

Romney adds that Democrats want to impose restrictions including regulations on a teenagers’ ability to work on the family farm and environmental restrictions that he says would cost farmers billions.

At a Heartland RV stop down the street, former Secretary of Agriculture Patty Judge says Romney’s claims about such proposed regulations are just hype.

“There are no pending regulations,” said Judge. 

Obama supporters held signs along Highway 169, challenging Romney to support wind energy over drilling in federal waters.

“The wind energy tax credit is vital to an industry we’ve been supporting here in Iowa. Mitt Romney has said he doesn’t favor it and is going to cut it.”

Romney stuck to his guns, sharing his support for drilling for oil and gas.

“I will double those permits and make sure we get the energy we need and build that pipeline from Canada as well,” Romney told supporters.

In his 15 minute speech, the republican presidential hopeful briefly touched on the farm bill, but would not give any specifics.

He criticized the president, stating this lack of leadership was the reason that the house and senate couldn’t get the bill passed.

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