A Bloomberg article by former Eagle reporter Alan Bjerga examined the low regard for John McCain among many farmers and agricultural interests, and how that might help Barack Obama (who represents Illinois, No. 3 among ag states). McCain voted against the farm bill in 2002 and also opposed the latest one, calling it â€œcorporate welfareâ€ (neither he nor Obama were present for the original vote). McCain champion Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., said McCain can attract rural voters by other means. â€œItâ€™s problematic, but itâ€™s something he can well overcome,â€ Brownback said. â€œYou overcome it on values.â€
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