The refusal of Texas Senator Ted Cruz to support Big Corn and ethanol in America's fuel supply has made him popular with some voters, especially those that oppose subsidies, but it has also made him enemies. Now, just ahead of a tight vote in the Republican Iowa Caucuses, the governor of the state, a Republican himself, has come out against Cruz.
The Des Moines Register reports that Governor Terry Branstad has called for Cruz to be defeated in his state:
Speaking to reporters at the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit in Altoona, Branstad said Iowans would make a mistake in supporting Cruz, the current Iowa frontrunner and staunch opponent of the Renewable Fuel Standard. The standard sets the amount of ethanol and renewable fuel that must be blended into the nation's fuel supply. "Ted Cruz is ahead right now. What we’re trying to do is educate the people in the state of Iowa. He is the biggest opponent of renewable fuels. He actually introduced a bill in 2013 to immediately eliminate the Renewable Fuel Standard. He’s heavily financed by Big Oil. So we think once Iowans realize that fact, they might find other things attractive but he could be very damaging to our state," Branstad said.
Branstad added that Cruz "hasn’t supported renewable fuels, and I think it would be a big mistake for Iowa to support him."
When asked directly if he wants Cruz defeated, Branstad said, "yes."
Iowa is the first state in the union to vote and an important win for any campaign but especially those looking to challenge the front runner. Cruz has led in several polls in Iowa, one of the only places he is beating front runner Donald Trump so far. A win in Iowa could boost his campaign while a loss could sink it.