Ted Cruz faces problem in Iowa


Senator Ted Cruz is facing serious corn problems in Iowa, according to Bloomberg Politics.
Due to abundant supplies of the product globally, the price is down. Despite the record harvest this year by the Iowa farmers, the poor pricing could dampen the recent surge of the 44-year old Republican Senator. The economy of the state is closely tied with production of alternative fuel, ethanol, utilizing the corn produced.
According to America’s Renewable Future (ARF), of the top 16 candidates from either party interested in being commander-in-chief, Ted Cruz is the only candidate that has not toured a biofuel plant or met with the group’s leadership. This is due to his inclination to the oil industry as he hails from the oil-rich Texas.
This has made Cruz the target of a pro-ethanol group led by the son of Iowa’s governor. Iowa is the host of the nominating contest in February. This is believed would pose challenges to the campaign of Senator Ted Cruz.
According to Bloomberg, the Governor of Iowa, Terry Branstad attacked the presidential hopeful saying “Cruz is the most anti-ethanol, anti-renewable fuel, of all the candidates.” The Iowa governor added that: “Conventional wisdom says he should win in Iowa, but his record is something that shows hypocrisy on this issue.”
Truly, if this group slows down Ted’s momentum, then it would reveal the clout of the renewables. A radio ad is on against the cause of Ted putting out that Ted Cruz want subsidies for oil but does not support ethanol. The ad goes on to say an election of Ted Cruz would “threaten rural Iowa and thousands of jobs.” Cruz’s team has not been able to get the radio stations to stop the ad.
Jamie Johnson, a former Republican Party official in Iowa said: “it will hurt Cruz significantly with those who have him on their shortlist. Ethanol is the third-rail of electoral politics in Iowa and if you touch it, you die.”
However, ethanol has fallen out of favor with some environmentalists and scientists who say that it drives up food prices and nullifies its environmental benefits because of the energy required to make it.