Bold Nebraska's Jane Kleeb Talks Keystone XL on FoxBusiness Bold Nebraska Executive Director Jane Kleeb appears on Fox Business Channel's Varney & Friends to discuss the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. 4/10/13.
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Please see also the YouTube coverage on her new book, Harvest the Vote
Note from Stephen Fox: This is a very refreshing challenge to the Democratic party to neither ignore nor abandon the rural farming interests in all 50 states, not just the ones that we think of in terms of traditional agriculture. Certainly, from my point of view, farmers suffer from their own applications of pesticides, herbicides and insecticides, but how that fits into paradigms of how they have voted and how they will continue to vote, I am not quite sure. I am, however, completely sure that the EPA and the FDA need a complete overhaul, and the pronouncements of Trump's Agriculture Secretary, Sonny Perdue could and should be challenged when and where appropriate by candidates for all levels of office, particularly Congress and the US Senate.
Nebraska's Democratic Party chair is warning White House hopefuls not to overlook rural communities in their pursuit of the Democratic nomination, predicting that this voting bloc will play a key role in November's election.
"If we really care about the U.S. Senate, if we really care about climate policies at the state level we have have to start closing the margins in rural communities," Jane Kleeb told Hill.TV on Wednesday.
Kleeb said that the Democratic Party can't just speak to rural communities is early nominating states like Iowa, arguing that this voting base should be the "bedrock" of what the party is "talking about all the time."
According to exit polls, Republicans won by nine points in rural areas, while Democrats lost by 11 points. This has largely to do with the fact that rural voters specifically, white rural voters have increasingly shifted towards the Republican Party.
This includes in battleground states like Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Iowa among others.