Obama Hits Back at Romney on Coal

A television ad from President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign responds to Republican challenger Mitt Romney’s attacks that the president is pursuing a “war on coal.”

Obama’s ad says Romney is trying to come across as a “friend of coal country” as he backs tax policies that would send jobs overseas. It uses footage of Romney from 2003, when as governor of Massachusetts he vowed to crack down on a coal plant in his state.

“I will not create jobs or hold jobs that kill people, and that plant, that plant kills people,” Romney is shown saying nine years ago.

Obama’s ad first aired this morning in the Charleston, West Virginia media market, according to Kantar Media’s CMAG. The Charleston market includes some eastern parts of Ohio, one of about nine states where Obama, Romney and their allies are focusing their candidate visits and campaign advertisements. Romney is favored to win West Virginia.

Romney’s campaign introduced an ad Sept. 19 attacking Obama on coal. The Republican National Committee yesterday posted a 25-page document, “Obama’s War on Coal.”


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