Fox News Anchor Bret Baier Details Current Political Climate for Cattle Industry Convention Attendees
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – There is a “huge chasm” between the Obama Administration and congressional Republicans on taxes and other issues, Bret Baier, anchor for FOX News, told thousands of cattlemen in San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 6. Baier made his remarks as keynote speaker at the Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show General Session II.
A record number of attendees are attending the convention – more than 8,214 as of noon Friday. The convention is the annual gathering of America’s cattlemen and women represented by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the American National CattleWomen, CattleFax, and all checkoff-paying producers through the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board.
Baier told the audience the administration will encounter pushback from Congress on a number of regulatory issues, including Dietary Guidelines and the Waters of the United States regulation from EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers, “a huge deal,” according to Baier. He said it didn’t appear there would be major tax reform this next year for taxpayers.
Also making remarks at the session were incoming NCBA President Philip Ellis of Wyoming and NCBA CEO Forrest Roberts.
Baier provided an overview of current politics and current presidential candidates. In addition, he gave the audience a behind-the-scenes look at the production of FOX News, as well as background on his own broadcast career. The newsman gives 100 percent of the proceeds from his talks around the United States to groups working on pediatric diseases in honor of his son Paul, who has had numerous open heart surgeries during his young life. Proceeds from his book, Special Heart: A Journey of Faith, Hope, Courage and Love, are also given to the charity.
Policy and Joint Checkoff Committees continue their meetings Friday afternoon. The convention will conclude with meetings of the NCBA and the Cattlemen’s Beef Board on Saturday, Feb. 7.