The two democrats seeking their party’s presidential nomination are fueding today over farm policy. During a telephone call with Iowa reporters, Vice President Al Gore said his opponent, Bill Bradley, had an “anti-family farmer” voting record when he was a U-S Senator. Gore says Bradley voted consistently against ethanol and aid for farmers. In contrast, Gore touts his own Senate record, which included his tie-breaking vote to maintain ethanol’s federal subsidy. Gore’s comments come as he prepares to appear solo at a forum sponsored by the Iowa Farmers Union on Wednesday. Bradley was invited, but said no. Bradley denies he’s ducking debates, as they had two last week.Bradley says he voted the way he did in the Senate because he was representing New Jersey, which had little if any interest in farm issues.He says he could represent the interest of Iowa and other states if elected president.
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