Normally, only presidential candidates in the midst of courting Iowa voters are accustomed to being asked about their views on ethanol. But some key votes in the Senate last week have made biofuels an issue for incumbents and candidates across the country, including Virginia Senate hopeful George Allen (R).
But it turns out Allen hadn’t “long maintained” his view on ethanol. To adapt a phrase from another famous candidate, Allen was against ethanol before he was for it before he was against it.
Early in his one term in the Senate, Allen was an avowed opponent of ethanol. But then he started testing the waters for a possible 2008 presidential bid and, coincidentally or not, his view on the subject evolved.
Published: Jun 21, 2011