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Thursday, November 06, 2008

Radio Iowa: Tom Vilsack as US Ag Secretary?

Excerpted from this post at Radio Iowa

A few media outlets are publishing lists of folks who may wind up in
an Obama Administration. Former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack is
mentioned by The Wall Street Journal and Time magazine as in
consideration for U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Now, you Iowans, quit
laughing. Vilsack's a smart guy and while he never farmed, he can
tell the difference between a soybean plant and a corn stalk. I'm not
sure ag policy is his preferred cup of tea, though. He was heavily
involved in energy-related issues during his tenure as governor, so
Secretary of Energy seems a more likely scenario to Iowa political
observers. While he was governor Vilsack signed into law a bill which
made Iowa a much more attractive place to build power plants, for
example, and -- today -- Vilsack probably knows more about the
intricacies of the nation's power grid than about the WTO's Doha
negotiations and their impact on American agriculture.

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