Miller Defends Acceptance of Federal Farm Subsidies

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks and Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller defends his acceptance of federal farm subsidies as just part of modern farming in America. The Alaska Dispatch reported this week that Miller received about $7,000 in federal agriculture subsidy checks during the 1990’s for a small farm he owned in his native Kansas. Miller, who’s critical of federal aid programs, says under the existing system, farmers don’t have a lot of choice.

Miller answered questions about the farm subsidies and other issues at a fundraiser in Fairbanks Tuesday night. Steve Wackowski is campaign spokesman for Lisa Murkowski, who is challenging Miller as a write in candidate. He says the farm subsidies are just another example of a politician who says, “do as I say, not as I do.”

The campaign for Democratic candidate Scott McAdams had much the same reaction. Campaign spokeswoman Heather Handyside says it makes Miller’s whole message less credible.

At his Fairbanks fundraiser last night, Miller said he is trying to raise $1 million for his campaign. He says the money is needed to fight the challenge of Democratic candidate Scott McAdams, and write in Lisa Murkowski.

Over 100 supporters gathered at his fundraiser last night.

Photo by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage

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