Talent on Campaign Trail
He also talked about the Federal Energy Bill, which Congress passed in mid-2005, after adding a renewable fuels standard including ethanol and biodiesel.
"We are in a renewable age, and everyone is going to know it in a couple years," said Talent. "The power of that is what moved the Energy Bill, is what produced such enormous bipartisan unity, patricularly in the Midwest. Every Midwestern senator voted for that bill, and my opponent would have been opposed to it."
His opponent, Democratic state Auditor Claire McCaskill, responded, "I was opposed to the Energy Bill because I could not give our money away to big oil right now. I have, on the other hand, been a champion for ethanol and alternative fuels for 20 years, and I have consistently voted in favor of helping them."
McCaskill said she's especially proud of Wednesday's endorsement by the National Farmers Union because it's a family farm-based organization.