New Obama ad hits Romney on coal ‘kills people’ remarks

A new radio ad in Ohio from President Obama’s campaign hits Mitt Romney on some comments from 2003 where Romney said that coal “kills people.”

“When he ran for President, Barack Obama pledged to support clean coal and invest in new technologies,” the ad says.

“And Mitt Romney? He’s attacking the president’s record on coal,” the narrator says. “Here’s what Romney said in 2003 at a press conference in front of a coal plant: ‘I will not create jobs or hold jobs that kill people. And that plant, that plant kills people.'”

The clip of Romney bashing coal comes from a 2003 press conference he held as Massachusetts governor, where the state announced a crackdown on a coal plant in Salem. Romney was booed by plant workers, but stuck by the state’s policies on the plant.

Coal is only an issue in a handful of states — including Ohio and West Virginia, but it’s a good example of a local issue with some resonance. In national television ads, the Obama campaign has highlighted clean energy — in fact, the campaign’s first ad of 2012 was about solar and wind power. Obama’s explicit embrace of coal (albeit, “clean coal”) in the ad is unlikely to win him plaudits from environmental groups, but could matter among pro-coal voters in a state like Ohio.

SOURCE: POLITICO

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Politics. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s