Senator Pat Roberts, The Cook Report's Jennifer Duffy Address GAC General Session Attendees
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) addresses the general session.
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry and Jennifer Duffy, senior editor for The Cook Political Report addressed rice industry members today during the general session of the 2012 Government Affairs Conference (GAC) at the Hyatt Regency Washington.
Roberts told attendees that he and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) are conducting a series of farm bill hearings starting this week and they hope to complete the legislation this year. "Producers need certainty, not a short-term fix," Roberts said. The Senator also called on production agriculture to work together toward the completion of the legislation. "Farmers are facing an ever-growing list of challenges and will be key to feeding 9 billion people by 2050," he said.
Jennifer Duffy said Republicans could pick up the four seats they need in the Senate and gain seats in the House as well.
Duffy said predicting the outcome of this year's presidential election is difficult, but that history would say that the president's odds are, "pretty good." However, she said no sitting president has ever been re-elected with unemployment above 7.2 percent, noting the current 8.3 percent unemployment rate. "Americans are still pessimistic and this makes the outcome of the election difficult to predict,"Duffy said. "The direction of this economy will dictate the outcome of the election."
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