MASON CITY, Iowa - KIMT got the chance to speak with two candidates vying for Iowa's Secretary of Agriculture position Monday, and we wanted to know where they stand on one of the country's hottest topics.
Democrat Tim Gannon and Libertarian Rick Stewart made stops in Northwood and Mason City, so we asked the candidates about tariffs, which have largely come under fire, being particularly unpopular with farmers.
And despite representing different parties, both say there needs to be a change.
"The administration has not had a coherent strategy to address some of the issues with China. Rather than getting our allies or traditional trading partners to join us in trying to fix the issues that China definitely has. They're a bad actor in international trade. "
"Tariffs don't work. You always hurt yourself worse than you hurt the other guy. And we'd be much better off if the United States just said we're a free trade nation, and if you don't want to trade with us, that's your problem because you're going to impoverish your citizens, but we're not going to impoverish our citizens."
The two candidates are running against Republican incumbent Mike Naig for the position. Both Gannon and Stewart will debate each other at Iowa State University's Sustainable Agriculture event on October 3rd at Memorial Union in Ames.