America’s Renewable Future Releases Midterm RFS Grades for Presidential Candidates

America’s Renewable Future (ARF) recently released a midterm report card placing 2016 presidential candidates into three categories—good, needs work, and bad—based on their support of the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The midterm report card will serve as a guide for ARF’s supporters, who are looking to support a pro-RFS candidate on February 1, but it will more importantly let candidates know where they stand with Iowans.

“Ethanol and the RFS are top concerns for Iowa caucus-goers and Americans everywhere, because renewable fuel like ethanol is making America cleaner, stronger, and more secure,” stated ARF Co-Chair Annette Sweeney.  “We will make sure Iowans know where candidates stand, and ensure all of our supporters see this report card.”

The RFS enjoys broad support from Iowa’s Democrat and Republican caucus-goers, with 76% and 61% respectively saying in a recent poll that they would be more likely to support a candidate who is pro-RFS.

ARF’s report card designates a “good” candidate as one who has demonstrated consistent support for the RFS and Iowa farmers, a “needs work” candidate as one who has given inconsistent and undefined positions on the RFS, and a “bad” candidate as one who has stood against Iowa farmers and the RFS.

Candidates Receiving a “Good” Rating:

  • Hilary Clinton (D)
  • Martin O’Malley (D)
  • Bernie Sanders (D)
  • Chris Christie (R)ARF-Logo
  • Lindsey Graham (R)
  • Mike Huckabee (R)
  • George Pataki (R)
  • Rick Santorum (R)
  • Donald Trump (R)

Candidates Receiving a “Needs Work” Rating:

  • Jeb Bush (R)
  • Carly Fiorina (R)
  • John Kasich (R)
  • Marco Rubio (R)

Candidates Receiving a “Bad” Rating:

  • Ben Carson (R)
  • Ted Cruz (R)
  • Bobby Jindal (R)
  • Rand Paul (R)

“The midterm report card is not the final word, but it puts everyone on notice that Iowans can see whether candidates are preparing to stand with them or against them,” added Sweeney. “We will be releasing a final report card in January, when the middle category will be gone and candidates will either be designated as with us or against us.”

To learn more about the midterm grades, please click here.

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