Congressman Tom Latham, a Republican from Clive, Iowa, introduced Mitt Romney at a campaign rally in Des Moines this morning and Latham says the two have talked about the wind production tax credit. (On July 30, Latham said he was disappointed by Romney’s opposition to extending that credit.)
Latham was asked this afternoon (by me) if he had talked with Romney about the issue.
Latham: “We had a conversation, actually, last evening and also a very short discussion today. I mean, he understands it. His point — I’ll let him explain his point, I guess,” Latham told reporters. “I just think the industry understands that this is not going to go on forever, that they’re in favor of a phase-out over time and that’s, I think, what we need to be looking at, to do what the industry wants and that’s, you know, he was talking about the fact that, you know, it doesn’t go away. The ones that are in place have the credit for another 10 years…but it’s, you know, it’s a difference. We’re not going to agree on everything.”
Reporter (it was me): “When McCain would come here, he would say: ‘I don’t like the ethanol tax break. I’m not afraid to say it in Iowa.’ Did Romney miss any opportunity to make it clear to Iowans that he’s not changing his mind?”
Latham said he did not hear Romney’s speech this morning. Latham left after speaking before Romney at the Romney campaign rally.