Carly Fiorina has been rising in the polls off of her debate performance last month. She has also been rising in the polls in Iowa.
A farmer’s group, the Iowa Corn Growers Association, asked all the presidential candidates to come speak to them on Saturday. Before the meeting, they decided the biggest issue they’re going to lobby for is keeping the government mandate that requires ethanol to be used in fuel. Fiorina was the only candidate in either party to accept their invitation.
National Journal has what happened next:
“I don’t think the government should be in the business of setting prices and guaranteeing access to markets,” she said to the very quiet room. “When the government is engaged in markets, the government can corrupt markets.”
A corn farmer followed up, asking if she would extend the ethanol standards if subsidies to the oil industry had not been phased out by 2022.
“Yes, but if I’m president, they will,” she said, to applause.
Fiorina joins Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, George Pataki, and Jeb Bush in supporting an end to the ethanol mandate. Most other Republican and Democratic presidential candidates continue to support the mandate. Hillary Clinton has actually called for increasing the amount of ethanol required in gasoline.
However, Fiorina is the only candidate to say it to the faces of an agricultural group. Bush, Cruz, and Pataki called for the mandate’s end in an Iowa forum and Rand Paul called for the mandate’s end in New Hampshire.
The ethanol mandate continues to draw strong support in Iowa. A June poll found that 72 percent of Iowans have a favorable view of ethanol. It also found that 57 percent of Iowans are less likely to vote for a candidate who opposes the mandate.