The Issue That Could Sink Ted Cruz In Iowa

SPENCER, Iowa — Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has been forced to clarify his stance on ethanol, an important industry in Iowa, as he crisscrosses the state less than one month before its first-in-nation presidential caucuses.

Cruz, who has been asked about the issue at every single stop on his six-day barnstorming tour across the state, has insisted he is not against ethanol and denied switching his position on the Renewable Fuel Standard. The state’s influential and bipartisan corn lobby, America’s Renewable Future, commended the Republican presidential hopeful Wednesday for a “big change” in his position on the RFS, while Cruz claimed he has been consistent on the topic.

The Renewable Fuel Standard is a government program passed in 2005 and expanded in 2007 that requires transportation fuel sold in the U.S. to contain a certain amount of biofuels, including ethanol. Ethanol is a major market for Iowa corn, and the biofuel requirement has largely boosted the state’s economy.

“I do believe there should be a gradual phaseout because there have been investment-backed expectations,” Cruz told a voter Wednesday at a campaign stop in Sioux Center.

“When I said we should phase it out, I said it should be a five-year phaseout,” he said. “The phaseout from 2017 to 2022 is five years. I do believe there should be a gradual phaseout because there have been investment-backed expectations.”

I do believe there should be a gradual phaseout because there have been investment-backed expectations.
Ted Cruz

The level of interest in the topic at Cruz events may be tied to America’s Renewable Future, which has been trailing the senator in an RV, handing out mailers and talking to voters at every campaign stop.

Previously, the bipartisan group rated Cruz as one of the worst presidential candidates on the Renewable Fuel Standard. The only other candidate —> Read More

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