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Economy trumps rural issues

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ST. PAUL -- Sen. Barack Obama visited Wisconsin and did not mention agriculture, despite being surrounded by corn and soybean fields, with cranberry bogs just down the road.

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Sen. John McCain has been in Upper Midwestern states several times, also all but ignoring rural topics. During a Twin Cities rally, his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, skipped an opportunity to mention ethanol and other Midwest-produced renewable fuels when she mentioned "alternative fuels" in passing.

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