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Brownback hits Romney on agriculture

From NBC's Domenico Montanaro

As is becoming a pre-debate/forum/being-in-the-same-room-as-Romney ritual, Brownback is attacking Romney's controversial stance on… agriculture? (They're going to be in Iowa tomorrow -- there's the hook -- for the Iowa Christian Alliance/Iowans for Tax Relief Forum)."Romney suggested eliminating the Department of Agriculture and reducing farm subsidies during his unsuccessful 1994 Senate race in Massachusetts," the first line of the memo states. By contrast, Brownback "grew up on a farm" and "has always made farmers and agriculture a priority," says his Iowa communications director.

We'll let you know when we hear of -- yet another -- response from the Romney campaign.

********UPDATE************The Romney campaign got back to us with a response. Here's what they wrote:

"Governor Romney believes that investing in agriculture is key to our economy and families. America's farmers not only provide food for the dinner table, but they will play a critical role in lessening our reliance on foreign sources of oil.  Governor Romney is strongly committed to family farmers across this nation and is optimistic for the role the agriculture community will play in providing alternative and renewable sources of energy."