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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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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.