Sen. Tina Smith attacks challenger Jason Lewis over 1998 stance on farm subsidies
August 4, 2020
An old debate over the federal government's role in the farm economy - a topic that produces odd alliances in Washington but that most politicians prefer to avoid - is flaring anew in the race between Minnesota U.S. Sen. Tina Smith and her challenger, former U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis.
Smith's campaign unearthed old TV footage of Lewis questioning government crop subsidies and declaring, "Government shouldn't have anything to do with farming."
"We have glamorized a certain industry, as valuable as it is," Lewis, a Republican, said on a TV program in 1998. "And members of Congress are running on 'not one more farm ever going under,' which I think is a little bit naive."