Team Romney slams Obama again on coal

Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 9:00am

Mitt Romney's campaign on Thursday released its third ad in a week targeting President Barack Obama's coal industry record, saying the Democrat was hurting job creation and issuing false attacks.

"President Obama is attacking Mitt Romney because Mitt Romney supports coal miners," an announcer says in the spot.

The announcer continues: "But it's Barack Obama who said, 'So, if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can. It's just that it'll bankrupt them.'"

That's a reference to remarks Obama made in 2008, when he was explaining his plan to implement a cap-and-trade system to reduce greenhouse gases. That proposal ultimately failed, though Republicans still argue that Obama administration regulations have forced coal plants to close.

In Thursday's ad, the narrator says Obama's policies have caused the United States to lose jobs to China, which the ad claims is "using more coal every day."

"Now, your job is in danger. Mr. President, let us keep our jobs. We can't afford four more years," the ad concludes.

Romney's campaign did not say where the ad was running, though its targeted message toward coal mining communities seems designed specifically for areas of the key battleground state of Ohio.

Two coal-focused Romney campaign ads released last week aired in the Charleston, West Virginia, media market, which includes part of southern Ohio, and the Wheeling, West Virginia, -- Steubenville, Ohio, market.

Those two ads featured coal miners venting frustration at Obama's policies, which one said are "attacking my livelihood."

Romney is also shown speaking, asking, "We have 250 years of coal, why wouldn't we use it?"


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