WASHINGTON, DC, Feb 5 – Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens, issued an unusual commentary on the state of the 2016 Presidential Election. He said he was compelled to make special note of a campaign strategy that runs counter to the popular notion that candidates win votes by telling voters what they want to hear not what they need to hear.
“The Iowa caucuses showed that perhaps American voters care more about honesty than you might imagine. We are not endorsing Senator Ted Cruz; nor does AMAC make it a practice to endorse any specific candidate for elected office. But his bold decision to stand firm and double down on his stand against ethanol subsidies in a state that depends on such subsidies cannot be ignored.”
In fact, Weber pointed out, Cruz’s well-known distaste for any type of energy subsidies had the pundits guessing that his stance surely would spell defeat on the campaign trail, particularly in states such as Iowa. Instead, Cruz won hands down in caucus after caucus.
“King corn reigns in Iowa and subsidies for corn-based renewable fuels have stood farmers there in good stead. Almost half of Iowa’s corn crop is devoted to the production of ethanol. It’s such an important issue in the state that Governor Terry Branstad, who has always remained neutral during the caucuses, slammed Cruz for his position. In other words, they don’t want to hear that a potential new president will take away their subsidies. But, Cruz stayed true to his beliefs and won the votes he sought.”
One irate farmer went toe-to-toe with Cruz on the issue. He confronted the candidate in a pre-caucus gathering and tried to call him out. But Cruz did not take the bait. He stood firm and explained his position in a polite and non-confrontational manner, according to the reporters who were on hand for the event. He told the man that his tax plan “ends all energy subsidies and mandates. No Washington favoritism for oil and gas, for wind, for solar, or for anyone else. We should phase out the Renewable Fuel Standard, end all energy subsidies, and ensure a level playing field for everyone.”
It was a gutsy thing for Cruz to do under the circumstances, Weber said.
“I make this statement in an effort to convince all candidates to consider the integrity factor when campaigning. Voters are angry this campaign season; they feel they’ve been snookered by professional politicians who’ll say anything to get their votes. But that’s exactly what makes them angry. No one likes being lied to, but they respond well to honesty—even if the truth hurts. It’s easy to tell people what they want to hear; it’s hard to risk the outcome of an election on an honest response to a tough question, particularly when your answer goes against the grain. Sure, Cruz is a Maverick who says what he means and means what he says. You can fault him for his blunt approach but you have to give him credit for his honesty. The voters in Iowa did.”
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