|Rubio In Farm Country|
Will It Be Raining Votes?
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Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz made some waves on the trade issue recently, and their contrasting records are an eye-opener. Rhetoric is one thing, actual on-the-record voting is another. That's all I can go by and for that reason, Rubio I like, Cruz I scorn. Rubio is a champion of freer trade, unequivocally so and to the apparent chagrin of some on the right. They link him to something they call "Obamatrade," apparently considering "fast-track trade authority" to be an invention of President Obama. In reality, fast-track has been around since 1974, when Republicans were in charge of the White House. Foreign sales of South Dakota products have grown immensely over the years and will probably
|Cruz In Iowa|
First You Flip, Then You Flop
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Cruz, meanwhile, seems to have chosen the political route when it comes to trade policy, resulting in a wishy-washiness that makes it hard to pin him down on just how he views fast-track. Last April he was praising it in the Wall Street Journal, saying it was "vital for economic growth." Two months later he voted against it in the Senate, making some dubious claims that smacked of political cover for his flip-flop--claims so transparently self-serving that Politifact rated his change of position a "Full Flop." I just don't trust this guy when it comes to consistency. The fact that he went on the record against fast-track puts him in the "no way" column when it comes to considering him as my party's nominee.
Neither Trump and his idiotic Mexican wall (and that poorly thought out 25% tariff on Chinese imports) nor Cruz and his inconsistency when it comes to trade policy make the cut. Rubio seems unequivocal and supportive when it comes to international commerce, a fact that South Dakotans and our immense ag industry need to consider when it comes time to decide on our next prez.