The Des Moines Register | 5:21 PM, Jun 13, 2012 | by Jennifer Jacobs
"The Obama campaign said today it will have the largest ground game in rural Iowa that any presidential candidate has ever had Iowa.
The campaign has a new group called the Rural Iowans for Obama Steering Committee, which aides said is a” groundbreaking organizing operation in rural communities.”
“This group will work to promote the president’s strong record of supporting rural America and our nation’s small businesses, farmers, working families and students by creating rural economies built to last and rewarding small town values like hard work and fairness,” the Obama campaign said in a news release. “This group will also draw a contrast between the president’s strong record supporting rural communities and Mitt Romney’s out of touch view of the issues that matter most to rural communities.”
Romney admitted to small business owners during a roundtable meeting in Council Bluffs Friday that he doesn’t know a lot about farming, particularly corn, said corn farmer Bruce Rohwer during a conference call with reporters today.
Romney has made disparaging remarks about the wind industry, which “shows how little he knows about Iowa’s rural economy,” Rohwer said.
Cathy Lafrenz, who owns Miss Effie’s Country Flowers and lives in rural Scott County, said during the conference call that not all Iowans are farmers, but all Iowans identify with with small towns and rural communities.
And Tom Vilsack, who was speaking as a former Iowa governor not as a cabinet official, said he thinks Obama is a “a man who is honest,” and who knows how to create an economy built to last.
Steering committee members will hold roundtables with rural Iowans over the next few months. The first will be held next week in Carroll, Fort Dodge, Adel and Indianola”