ETHANOL STANDARD: Sen. Cruz Against Mandate

Source: by Dave Price, WHO-TV, Des Moines • Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014

A potential presidential candidate visited Iowa Tuesday and says he does not support the renewable fuels standard.

Republican Senator Ted Cruz spoke to more than 500 people at the downtown Marriott Tuesday afternoon.

He says he’s not against ethanol, he’s only against forcing you to use a certain amount of it when you fill up the tank.

“I represent the state of Texas. Texas is a huge agricultural state. Farming and ranching are critical to the state of Texas. I think biofuels are every important but I don’t think they need to be mandated,” Sen Cruz said. “We will see the market for biofuels market grow based on technology, based on demand, without the federal government setting an artificial mandate.”

Many Iowa politicians are in favor of the standard including the Iowa House and Senate andGovernor Branstad.

After Cruz’s stop in Des Moines, he went to Mason City.