Results of the 2012 presidential election could change the face of U.S. agriculture.
Today, a majority of Americans will go to the polls and mark our ballots, as we do our civic duty and help choose our nation’s direction for the next four years. The race for the White House is a close one, but our readers appear to overwhelmingly favor Republican candidate Mitt Romney as their choice for president.
In fact, a recent poll on the beefmagazine.com homepage revealed that 83% of respondents said they intend to vote for Mitt Romney today. Out of 831 votes, only 14% said they would re-elect Barack Obama. While this isn’t necessarily representative of how the overall electorate sees the race, agriculture – and particularly cattle producers – have a little different take on what’s at stake in this election.
A Closer Look: Election 2012
Weekly Times Now says rural communities are key in the battle for America.
“With today’s U.S election on a knife edge, it could be the nation's farmers who decide the outcome,” writes James Wagstaff. “The scramble over the keys to the White House is heating up – and farmers could play a key role in determining the winner.
“American Farm Bureau Federation deputy executive director Dale Moore says “it has been a while since the agricultural situation played a big role in presidential politics. Over the past dozen years, the agricultural economy – even though there have been a few plateaus – has been a bright spot, particularly when compared to the overall economy. So, a lot of the time what farmers want the government to do is not interfere with the good markets they have got going. I've seen polls that suggest that rural voters tend to lean more to Gov. Romney than President Obama. But by and large, Republican or Democrat, in this country, the rural areas tend to be a bit more conservative than the urban-suburban areas.’”
Who’s got your vote for U.S. president, why, and what are the issues most important to you? Leave your comments in the section below. And, as we watch the election results on the news this evening, here’s a little fun fact about our presidential candidates.
People Magazine recently asked Obama and Romney their favorite comfort foods, and they both love beef!
"Favorite comfort food?" Obama: "Five Guys burger and fries;” Romney: "Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, carrots."
Would you rather go to Five Guys with Obama or enjoy Ann’s meatloaf at home with Romney?