The Quad City Times Endorses Tom Harkin

OCTOBER 30TH, 2008 | Harkin for Senate

The Quad City Times endorsed Senator Harkin for a fifth term in the United States Senate on Wednesday.

The paper cited his hard work for people with disabilities and his focus on agriculture as reasons for their support:

Tom Harkin’s indelible impression is apparent across Iowa and America. Just ask anyone in a wheelchair. Or anyone fueling up a vehicle. Or anyone planting American crops or eating American food.

Harkin’s enduring impressions are evident in the stronger American farm economy, higher grain prices and a diminished reliance on production subsidies. His work makes it easier for disabled people to live, learn and earn, which also strengthen’s our country and economy.

With his tendency to always look ahead, the paper also sighted his plans for a fifth term as a reason for endorsement:

By always looking ahead, Harkin helped move the Iowa economy into the forefront of alternative energy production, fortifying the state against the full brunt of this economic downturn.

Harkin still is looking ahead. In his interview with the Times Editorial Board, he outlined a game plan to improve the electrical power grid and energy pipelines to make Iowa wind and ethanol power available nationwide. He elaborated on a transition to more sustainable organic ethanol production that would spread the alternative energy boon to south Iowa’s less tillable land.

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