Scorecard: Which Potential Candidates Said the Right Words

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DES MOINES, IA--Renewable fuels supporters are thinking carefully about the words of those people who want to be president. Nine Republicans showed up Saturday for the first-ever Iowa Ag Summit. Organizers limited the questions to the potential candidates to food, farm and fuels.

Iowans who want to make sure the federal government continues the mandate that a certain amount of biofuels remain in the nation's fuel supply, the Renewable Fuels Standard of RFS, paid particular attention to the potential candidates' responses.

Monte Shaw, Executive Director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, created a scorecard for Channel 13 News based on what he heard from the Republicans at the summit. He broke his scorecard into four categories:

Pro-Renewable Fuels Standard

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee

South Carolina U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham

Former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Rick Santorum

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

Sounded Pro-RFS – but need to clarify

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush

 Sounded Anti-RFS – but need to clarify

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry


Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz

Former New York George Pataki


  • John Smith

    Which ones were “Pro” Republican US Senators corresponding directly with the Iranian government, and threatening to nullify any treaties the Executive negotiates?

  • marcopolish

    It does not matter what they say, it is calculated to obtain your approval. Then they move on and do whatever the heck they want and whomever pays them the most in influence, money, future lobbying gigs, and of course, the biggest of all and including them all into one, being President. You really think they give a rat’s tuchus about what a couple million backwaters in flyover country think except for that one day at the beginning of the caucus season? Hah. All we’ve done is help them tailor their talk at us with even better approvability.

    Once they know what WE want to hear, they simply tell it to us. We’re chumps and have just helped them to more effectively fool us.

  • bjertbjaeger

    Keep in mind drug abusing sociopath Eric Branstad has been tasked with making sure candidates know what his daddy wants.

    Must be nice having a dad who’s governor, anyone else with his criminal record would be working at Burger King, instead he get’s nice cushy lobbyist jobs.

    Says a lot about the lack of actual integrity the agriculture industry has.

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