Two U-S Senators who’re running for President remain in Iowa, campaigning in the waning days of 2003 in hopes of a better finish in the 2004 Iowa Caucuses. Both are focusing on farm-related issues. North Carolina Senator John Edwards says President Bush is “catering to big agribusiness by failing to improve safety measures.” Edwards today unveiled his own plan for ensuring America’s food supply is safe, and that includes not letting animals like the one found in Washington state to have Mad Cow to be slaughtered for its meat. Edwards says some of his opponents have accused him — because he’s in his first term as a U-S Senator — of having too little experience to be President. Edwards says his life’s work as a trial lawyer prepared him because he battle special interests and their “armies of lawyers” and that’s what he’ll do as President. Edwards says he is ready to fight the big battles against big oil, the pharmaceutical industry and agribusiness conglomerates. Edwards says big livestock, big dairy and the big meat packing industry have written big checks to President Bush’s campaign and in return, Bush aides killed a plan to keep so-called ‘downed cows” from being slaughtered. Edwards says he will not accept campaign contributions from Washington lobbyists or Political Action Committees, and he says as President, he’ll put food safety first. Edwards is calling for more testing of cattle, and use of new, faster tests. He also supports a national tracking system for livestock. Edwards is campaigning today in Waverly, Oelwein, Independence, Manchester, Elkader, and Dubuque. Massachusetts Senator John Kerry is campaigning in northern Iowa, and is outlining his ideas for strengthening family farms.
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