by Ben Nuelle
Branstad says a Ted Cruz Caucus win would be very damaging to the state and would be a big mistake for Iowans to support him.
“You know as I understand it. All of the Democrats have supported a robust renewable fuels standard and all but two of the Republicans. I think Ted Cruz is ahead now but what we are doing we are trying to educate the people of Iowa. He is the biggest opponent of renewable fuels and he actually introduced a bill in 2013 to eliminate the renewable fuels standard,” Branstad says.
The governor went on to say the polls don’t matter until the last caucus vote is cast.
“The only poll that counts is the one they take on caucus night. I think it could change between now and then. I think this event is an important significant step to help educate the voters in this state and this state is where it all began. We’re proud of the Iowa Caucus being first and this would be a great way to send a strong message,” Branstad says.
Branstad spoke to a group of reporters at the 10th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit Tuesday. He also announced $2.49 million has been awarded through the “Fueling Our Future 100” initiative to support the installation of 107 new blender pumps and 8 underground storage tanks that can be used to distribute higher blends of renewable fuels. This is the 1st round of funding through the program and applications are due Feb. 1 for the 2nd round of funding.