Mitt Romney: “I support the subsidy of ethanol”

Earlier this week former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty raised eyebrows, and sparked the interest of conservatives, when he announced in Iowa of all places that ethanol subsidies need to be phased out. Clearly feeling that there was some political hay to be made, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney made his own ethanol statement in Iowa.

One that was the exact opposite of Pawlenty’s:

It was an odd setting for a policy pronouncement, but on the sidewalk outside the Historical Building here, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney embraced ethanol subsidies. It came just days after and blocks from where his rival for the Republican presidential nomination, Tim Pawlenty, said the subsidies should be phased out.

“I support the subsidy of ethanol,” he told an Iowa voter. “I believe ethanol is an important part of our energy solution for this country.” Iowa leads the nation in the production of corn, a main source of ethanol.

Pawlenty is clearly looking past Iowa towards appealing to a broader, national base of conservatives who want an end to big government interventions. Romney obviously has a more short-sighted view. He wants to pander to Iowa, hoping that a primary win there (remember he lost Iowa to Mike Huckabee in the last cycle) will give some momentum to his campaign for the nomination.

In other words, Pawlenty at least seems to be trying to infuse his campaign with some lofty and worthy goals. Romney, on the other hand, seems to be all political calculation and posturing.

Ethanol subsidies are one of the worst ideas our government has ever had. Trying to fill the nation’s fuel tanks with one of our staple food crops is just plain folly. Maybe there’s a place for ethanol in the national fuel markets, but the government attempts to manufacture a place for ethanol with subsidies and mandates is just plain folly.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Jimmypop

    so many reasons not to vote for him….they just keep piling up. maybe he doesnt know we can hear him?

  • JustRuss

    Right, as if we needed any more reasons not to vote Romney. He seems to be playing the centerist card in hopes that if he gets the nomination, he will get the independents.

    But he’s not getting the nomination at this rate, conservatives are tired of pretenders.

  • robert108

    Whoops!  This is right up there with Newt’s lie about “right wing social engineering”.

  • realitybasedbob

    Don’t worry nutters, your champion, America’s Mayor, the greatest conservative who ever lived, Rudolph Giuliani, is thinking about coming to your rescue.

    • 1Hoss

       Good Lord, rbb, you’re not even smart enough – not that I ever gave you that much credit – to shut your mouth and stay out of it when the other side has an internecine battle going on. Kind of sad…shows how pathetic you are.

      • I H8 GOPers

        1Hoss is Goon’s sock puppet?

  • Brent

    To be fair, if Pawlenty was “in the driver’s seat” like Romney finds himself today, I think it would be reasonable to expect theme to have reversed positions.

    • VocalYokel

      If Romney’s “in the driver’s seat”, I want out of the car…

      • Brent

        You know what I mean – he’s the annointed front-runner.

        • VocalYokel

          “…he’s the anointed front-runner.”

          I understand what you mean…it’s Romney and the people who anointed him that I have issues with.

    • I H8 GOPers

      Exactly! These Republicans will pander to whatever special interests will get them some cashish. They don’t believe in conservative principals any more than the average Democrat.

      • Camsaure

        And you are concerned about that????

        • flamemeister

          Liberals are concerned about everyone’s principles, morals, and ethics except their own.  Cleaning up their own act would be like sucking out a cesspool with a straw.

  • LastBestHope

    Rob hates Romney. I’m sorry about that ’cause Romney will be the GOP choice IMO. There is NO conservative/libertarian Mr/Ms Goodbar. That person is a figment. To beat THE ONE, we (who want Obama fired) have many smart folks with some real strengths and some political weakness.
    Now ya gotta ask yourself…Do I wish 4 MORE YEARS on US?….or will I vote for a less than ideal GOP alternative? That is the decision The People will make. Woe to US if too many vote for Obama by staying home, holding their breath until America conforms to their vision of what is RIGHT.
    Will you vote for Obama? Give me your answer Rob…and all of you who are waiting for someone who is somehow an improved version of Reagan…give US your answer.

    • Brenarlo

      Romney would be very marginally better if at all than Obama.

      Why?  Because people like Romney and Obama understand that you just have to please every interest group.

      Romney wrote Obamacare for cryin’ out loud.

      • LastBestHope

        “Romney wrote Obamacare for cryin’ out loud.”

        No, he didn’t. He signed a state law that the people of that state approved of. The MA legislature then made changes. It has since proven to be bad law…for one state…which they can fix if they want. ObamaCare is a whole new world of FEDERAL law, that applies to all 50 states. Romney has said he’d sign a repeal of ObamaCare ASAP.

        If you’re gonna post Dem talking points, then just say your voting for Obama and stop the BS.

  • Brenarlo

    I’m not sure why he’d do this.  Even the ethanol and corn industries aren’t advocating for direct subsidies anymore.  They’re advocating for generous insurance programs.

    • LastBestHope

      You aren’t sure? This reveals your political naievete.


  • syantiss

    How many strikes does this guy get before he’s struck out?

    • flamemeister

      One more … maybe.

    • LastBestHope

      How many does The One get?

      • dalaibama

        If only Last Best Hope would come over to the GOOD side of the force and stop using his talents to obscure and corrupt.

        Conservatism awaits LBH!  Throw off your shackles and take the first step!

        • LastBestHope

          Rush on 9/14/2010:

          “We still have people who think that professional Washington politicians are the way to fix this, and clearly it isn’t.  Some of these people are citing the Buckley Rule.  Now, I can honestly say that I know what the Buckley Rule is.  I can honestly say I knew William F. Buckley and Buckley was a friend of mine.  The Buckley Rule is, ostensibly, that you vote for the most electable conservative option against a Democrat in November.  You vote for the Republican, slash, conservative who can win.  To me, this requires clairvoyance, as is being currently applied in the Mike Castle-Christine O’Donnell race in Delaware, to use an example.  The polling data is that Castle will win big and O’Donnell will lose big.  If she gets the Republican nomination today, if she wins the election she’ll lose big.  The polls say she’ll lose by 25 points; that Castle will win by 20 points.  But who knows this?  The election’s a long time off.  In a year like this, it seems to me that Americanism versus socialism can make up 25 points.  Why the hell not try to?  Is what I don’t understand.  Why not try to make up the 25 points?  Okay, let’s just assume that it’s correct. Let’s assume that Christine O’Donnell is down in the polls, Democrat polls, by the way, by 25 points.  Okay, fine.  If she’s the best option we have to stop what’s going on once she gets to Washington, why not try to make up the 25 points?  We got socialism, communism, liberalism on the ropes.  It’s too risky?  Let me tell you something.  It’s worth the risk.  We’re talking about saving the [blank] damn country.  What do you mean, too risky?”

          Okay….we know what happened. O’Donnell won the primary, lost badly in the general. As predicted. Dems pick up what was gonna be a GOP Senate seat. Felt good to vote for her, felt bad when the Dems won.

          When dealing with political power, there is no “moral” victory in losing. It’s just losing.

          I’ll follow the Buckley Rule.

          • dalaibama

            Voting for the most ‘electable’ got us Gerald Ford. Got us McCain. Got us Dole. That is the ‘Buckley’ rule.

            Form your own Republican party if you want your plank to be full of flip-floppers, fence-sitters, and nabobs!

            Oh….I get it. you ALREADY DID!

          • Camsaure

            aren’t there a fewnother instances that come to mind? I seem to recall Newt stating that Arlen Spector was more electable, what did that get us? There was a more conservative candidate for kalifornia Gov also, but the experts wanted Aaaanold, whom proved to be an embarrasment to the Republican party. The list goes on and on.

          • dalaibama

            it really isn’t the person, Cam…It is the elite attitude. like-

            “we know whats best for the republican party….we know who can get elected”

            “You conservative republicans, just follow along, OK?”

            “And besides…you wouldn’t want obama to get reelected, right?”

            I (and others) won’t be playing along with that crap this election.

            It’s time for the blue-blood elite Romney types to get in the back of the bus or get out.

      • flamemeister


  • ordman

    Mitt it seems that you are the only person left on the plant that doesn’t know that you’re a democrat. It’s OK to come out of the closet. Conservatives really aren’t going to miss you when you leave and the Liberals mostly won’t notice when you show up.

  • suitepotato

    So Mitt Romney supports the making of corn, meat, and dairy prices absurdly inflated. Good. When the Democrats realize this is their pet subsidy and that it is making food expensive beyond belief for the poor (and it is exacerbated by the oil price hikes) they’ll be just wondering when a Republican will note it in front of a live television camera.

    • dalaibama

      mitt was slow on health care too…and look what happened to his state!