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Old 05-30-2008, 02:34 PM
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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This is a crucial segment for republicans.

According to farmers, lobby groups and academics, presumptive GOP nominee John McCain may not be able to take the crucial farm vote for granted. The U.S. Senator from Arizona has never been a friend to the agricultural community and his long track record opposing farm subsidies may hurt him in the November election.

"I don't think you would find too many people in American agriculture and ranching who would agree with Senator McCain's position on farming issues," said Tom Buis, president of the National Farmers' Union.Sen.

Barack Obama, his likely Democratic opponent, has shown consistent support for issues affecting farmers and has advocated policies that largely appeal to that group, according to sources.
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