Clinton endorsed by Tom Vilsack
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The former Iowa governor and current member of the Obama administration is throwing his support behind Clinton amid speculation that Vice President Biden is considering an entrance into the White House race.
“Too often the discussion of good jobs fails to include the unique challenges faced by rural Americans,” Vilsack wrote in a Cedar Rapids Gazette op-ed. “Hillary Clinton understands that some of the deepest and most pronounced poverty exists in rural areas of the country.”
Vilsack touted Clinton’s support for a renewable fuel standard, which would increase the use of ethanol, of which Iowa is one of the nation’s leading producers.
“Hillary Clinton has the right policies to strengthen and expand the middle class, is battle tested, and has the experience and relationships to lead and govern well,” Vilsack continued. “For all of those reasons as well as our friendship, I will caucus for Hillary Clinton on February 1, 2016.”
Vilsack also endorsed Clinton in 2008, after an unsuccessful presidential bid of his own.
Clinton is currently drawing 51 percent support in the Hawkeye State, according to a RealClearPolitics polling average. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) places second with 25 percent support, followed by Biden at just under 10 percent support.