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DES MOINES, Iowa -- U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Braley, a Brooklyn Democrat, has faced criticism for talking down to farmers, skipping veterans hearings in Congress and failing to find an "Iowa nice" way of settling a dispute with a neighbor over roaming chickens. Monday, Braley tried to refocus the conversation with what his campaign feels would be a strength with Iowans: the Renewable Fuels Standard.

Braley toured FEC Solutions in Des Moines, a plant that, among other things, reduces the amount of fatty acids in corn oil, to make them more valuable to bioenergy producers. The event showed the importance of maintaining the Renewable Fuels Standard, of RFS, which guarantees a minimum amount of biofuels in energy production.

Braley said, "It takes some incentives for people to take the risk and try to develop something new. That's going to create  jobs and expand the economy."

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, a Michigan Democrat, joined Braley. She said, "I'm here to say we don't need somebody in the U.S. Senate that doesn't get it, like his opponent."

Stabenow's comments were directed at Republican Joni Ernst, of Red Oak. Ernst has maintained her support for the RFS. But she has said she is "philosophically opposed" to energy subsidies. Her campaign said that means Ernst backs the RFS, as long as there are energy subsidies.


  • Right Wing Patriot

    I support Joni Ernst’s position. It’s time to rid ourselves of the subsidies to ALL energy manufacturers……yes that includes the oil companies. If your business can’t make a profit without gov’t assistance, then you cease to exist. But, until that happens, the RFS needs to be supported.

    • linnivy

      TPI and Trinity in Newton not only get subsidies but also tax breaks to come to Newton. A shame they mostly hire Mexicans, Asians and Africans.

  • Randall

    Went to the state fair. Several times. The corn in the jar voting booth had Braley wining two to one each day of the first Saturday, Tuesday, and the last Saturday. It was clear who the winer will be come November. This is not a beauty contest nor a popularity contest. What matters are the facts. What Ernst wants to do, her agenda, to hurt the middle class in Iowa. Listen to her agenda. Her own words. Ernst hopes to turn the US Senate into a carbon copy of the US House. A totally stagnant radical dysfunctional agency. All while she collects her pay check. Wake up and vote smart.

    • Right Wing Patriot

      Thats strange, according to the final count in the ‘corn in the jar’ voting, Ernst won 59% to 41%?

  • junior

    Braley voted for ‘if you like your health care plan, you can keep it’, if you like your doc, you can keep em…..and your health care costs will not go up’….period……’ this is the lie of the year…. that’s all you gots to know about Braley’

    • Linda

      Anyone who is on a health care plan knows there are always changes each year. ObamaCare is working, be happy.

      • off2golfing

        Linda, how do you know it is working. Because you think Obama is good looking. Talk to someone in the healthcare field. It isn’t working and just wait because it is ticking, and ticking and ticking.

  • Dean

    One candidate telling me in TV and radio ads what the other candidate thinks does not convince me of anything. Campaign reform needs to reasonably limit the dollars candidates spend, offer all qualified candidates equal time to publicly debate so votes hear actual answers from candidates on issues, and let the assault of political commercials stop. Manipulating voters with “sound byte bashing” is insulting and wrong.

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