The National Cattlemen's Beef Association has returned to a traditional stance of neutrality for the Presidential election that will be held next Tuesday. In 2004, they endorsed George W. Bush in his re-election bid- the first time in the 100 year history of the NCBA and its predecessor organizations that they had taken sides in who will be leader of the free world.
NCBA's Chief Executive Officer, Terry Stokes, told reporters the group's members had decided, with Congress in Democratic hands, it would be better to take a bi-partisan approach even though Republican John McCain's positions are much more in line with NCBA's policies than Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
The head of the Washington office for NCBA, Burton Eller, adds that the organization believes that NCBA's views will be listened to if Obama wins the White House. And Jeff Eisenberg, the NCBA's Director of Public Issues, claims that Obama's camp has promised the Democratic hopeful will make all decisions on regulations on science.
Burton Eller does have one final "to do" item for the Bush Administration saying that it would really be helpful if Secretary Ed Schafer would finalize the rules on COOL before the Bush Administration's second term is up. Otherwise, Burton says that it will take a year for the rules to be finalized as it will take time for the new administration to get people in place to handle that job.