Destination 270

SMU Students Analyze the 2012 Presidential Election

Where’s The Beef?

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Common sense dictates that local elections would focus on issues relevant to the local populations. Yet, politicians in farm counties, like Iowa’s fourth congressional district, seem to be leaving out a crucial issue in their campaigns: farm policy.

Iowa’s fourth district is seeing a battle between highly conservative Steve King and former Iowa First Lady Christie Vilsack. This race, as with the other Iowa congressional races, will play a huge part in deciding which party will control the House.

Before recessing for the elections, the House failed to pass a farm bill, which is vital to many farmers who depend on the crop insurance the bill would have provided. One would think, democrats would be attacking republicans in these areas, pressuring them for an answer.

However, it seems that the candidates have other priorities, as they have essentially ignored the issue of the farm bill. Instead, they have focused on the same issues that the presidential candidates are focused on, namely the economy.

Although it does make sense that most congressional candidates wouldn’t waste valuable ad time on such specific issues, it’s odd that the democrats haven’t capitalized on such a strong voting issue for the residents of their districts.

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