Politics & Government

McCain's remarks sour Idaho sugar growers

Idaho sugar beet growers are a little bitter at Sen. John McCain, who has singled out sugar-beet subsidies as an example of wasteful federal spending.

On CBS' "60 Minutes" on Sept. 21, the Republican presidential candidate said one way he would trim the federal budget would be to "stop subsidizing sugar" and end the tariffs on imported sugar.

"We certainly do not support that," said Vic Jaro, president and CEO of Amalgamated Sugar Co. LLC, which buys about six million tons of sugar beets every year and processes them at plants in Nampa, Rupert, Twin Falls and Nyssa, Ore.

Given what's going on in the economy, Jaro said, "I think it's a surprise that sugar is one of the things he would mention."

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