Vilsack endorses Clinton,campaigns with her in Iowa on Wednesday |

Vilsack endorses Clinton,campaigns with her in Iowa on Wednesday

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton last week and campaigned with her at the Iowa State Fair.

Vilsack, a former Democratic governor of Iowa, has written a column for The [Cedar Rapids] Gazette in which he says “On Feb. 1, 2016, I intend to proudly caucus for Hillary Clinton — plain and simple. Hillary Clinton is not new to the fight for middle-class families.”

Vilsack also cited Clinton’s support for the Renewable Fuel Standard as a reason for the endorsement.

“Her strong support for the Renewable Fuel Standard and bio-based manufacturing as important parts of a revitalized rural economy makes clear she will work hard to promote meaningful economic opportunity throughout the country,” he wrote.

The Agriculture Department did not announce the secretary’s trip to Iowa, but a USDA spokeswoman confirmed to The Hagstrom Report that Vilsack would campaign with Clinton last Wednesday.

Clinton was scheduled to deliver speeches on agriculture at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny and at Morningside College on the western edge of the state.

Later she attended a campaign organizing event at Tabor Home Vineyards & Winery in Baldwin on the eastern side of the state.

The Clinton endorsement puts Vilsack in the possible position of favoring Clinton over Vice President Joe Biden, should he decide to run.

Biden is considering a bid, and White House press secretary Josh Earnest has made positive statements on behalf of President Barack Obama about both candidates. F

–The Hagstrom Report