Sens. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, and Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, are making the rounds in Iowa as they weigh bids for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.
Their opposition to a federal ethanol mandate, however, may pose problems in the corn-rich state’s first-in-the-nation caucus, The Hill reports.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican and key player in state politics, told The Hill he wants the next GOP nominee to support the renewable fuel standard as a boon to Iowa’s corn industry.
But Mr. Cruz has already filed legislation to repeal the mandate, saying it amounts to “picking winners and losers.” Similarly, Mr. Paul has voted to repeal the standard and is a vocal opponent of energy subsidies.
Other state leaders said opposition the mandate could be risky for both senators, noting that three of the four top contenders in 2012’s caucus supported the policy.