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Conflicted in Kansas

By Travis Fox
GARDEN CITY, Kan. -- It was one of the best years ever for Greg Stone. The third generation farmer was wise to fill his family's 4,000 acres with corn. Higher corn prices, fueled in part by booming ethanol production and the government subsidies that help it grow, have been a blessing this year for Midwestern farmers like Stone in an otherwise gloomy economy.

But the future of ethanol production -- and the corn that is used to make the fuel -- could change dramatically depending on who's elected to the White House. John McCain opposes subsidies to ethanol producers. Barack Obama vows to continue them.

And here lies the dilemma for farmers like Stone, who are examining Obama's policy on ethanol.

"He would probably be better, you know, for me with my farmer hat on," Stone said.

But Stone describes himself as a conservative Republican. He voted for George Bush twice and still supports the president. He's a "values voter" and that means he almost always sides with Republicans.

This year, however, could be different.

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By Web Politics Editor  |  October 21, 2008; 9:08 AM ET
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All these "conflicted" Republican stories are fascinating. Now that the Washington Post has ENDORSED Obama, I guess we won't see any stories on Democrats voting for McCain, right?

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 21, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Did Greg the Farmer make more than $250,000? I hope he has the proper license and is paid up on his taxes, before the Obamaniacs get a hold of him.

Back to Sarah Palin on SNL, Alec Baldwin blogged about Palin: she was a good sport "polite and gracious. (More so than some of the famous actors who come through there, believe me.)"

Posted by: JakeD | October 21, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Greg Stone thinks McCain will protect America better?The truth is all these terrorists are AFRAID of Obama.

Not because Obama will take military action but Obama will bring together other countries and groups to fight terrorism together as opposed to Bush/McCain doctrine of shoot first ask questions later. No more big, bad, imperialistic USA to rally against.

Then why do all the organizations say they prefer to Obama as president? Reverse psychology. They know that they are hated so much by Americans, that Americans will be compelled to vote for the other candidate

Terrorist organizations will be castrated if Obama wins.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 21, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

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