Michigan sugar beet growers unhappy with McCain

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Presidential candidate John McCain is heading into the heart of Michigan sugar beet country to visit a solar research center near Bay City.

But if he stopped Tuesday to talk to any sugar beet farmers, he likely wouldn't get a very warm welcome.

The GOP senator is a longtime critic of tariffs on imported sugar. He says they force consumers to pay more. McCain told CBS' "60 Minutes" on Sunday that he would "stop subsidizing sugar."

Ray VanDrissche of the grower-owned Michigan Sugar Company in Bay City says the tariffs are needed to keep other countries from dumping sugar here and wiping out domestic sugar growers. He says McCain's remarks show he's "not very supportive of agriculture."

A request for comment was left with his campaign.

Source: Associated Press