"(McCain) was opposed to ethanol. Now he's for it."
Mitt Romney on Thursday, April 26th, 2007 in Stratham, N.H.
McCain has come around to favor ethanol
In 2007, McCain started to speak more favorably of ethanol and admitted it was a position change. He told Tim Russert on "Meet the Press": "It makes a lot of sense. We are dependent on foreign oil too much. We have a situation where greenhouse gases has now become--emissions has become a vital issue. I am for sugarcane, biofuels, switch grass, and corn-based ethanol because of our need for independence on foreign oil. … I have adjusted to the realities of the world we live in today, and if I don't adjust to those realities, then I would be stuck in the past."
That's a significant change in opinion on the biofuel. We found the statement that McCain used to oppose ethanol but now supports it to be Mostly True.
Published: Thursday, August 23rd, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.
Sources:Des Moines Register, May 30, 1999. "Candidates formulate policies; Some support farm subsidies and tax breaks for ethanol, others oppose those measures." By Claflin Blair; The Associated Press, December 13, 1999, "Highlights from Monday's debate between GOP presidential hopefuls"; NBC News Transcripts, May 13, 2007, Meet the Press, "Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona discusses his candidacy for president in 2008, Iraq, and other issues"
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