Rural issue talks rare in presidential campaigns
ST. PAUL -- As they campaign, presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney pretty much ignore rural-specific issues.
It is not that they lack a chance to talk about such issues.
Some of the major swing states are heavy on agriculture and candidates often stop there, with Iowa and Wisconsin two Midwestern cases in point. For example, Romney announced his candidacy in June 2011 at a New Hampshire farm, but said nothing about rural issues during his 21-minute speech.
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