Team Romney slams Obama again on coal
September 27th, 2012
12:00 AM ET
2 years ago

Team Romney slams Obama again on coal

(CNN) – 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.

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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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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. MaryM

    Desperation is written all over Mitts face and campaign

    September 27, 2012 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  2. minerva123

    Because when you pull the window down you want fresh air in, not smoke.

    September 27, 2012 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  3. Richard

    Silly. Even the coal producers know that it's cheap natural gas that's causing their closures. That's exactly what they're telling their employees. Coal fired generators are converting to natural gas because "that's capitalism"... has nothing to do with Obama at all. What would Romney do? Subsidize the coal industry by paying them public funds to offset the cheap natural gas advantage? Wouldn't that be a form of welfare??

    September 27, 2012 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  4. HomeSweetHome

    All of this from a man that owns part of a oil company with china.

    He wants us to believe he cares about the Coal Industry here in the US. Really?

    What is more silly is the Coal Industry that really thinks that Romney will be any help to them.

    Here is a question, has the Rep Party help the Coal Industry in any way in the last 10 years? in the last 20 years? in the last 30 years? I rest my case.

    With the Rep Party if you are not Oil you are nothing.

    Just for the record, President Obama is not attaching the Coal Industry. He has told them that they need to come into the 21 Century and make coal cleaner and safer. That is not attacking that is tell them you need to spend some of that money you are pocketing.

    But of course, to Reps when you ask them to invest money into the business and not it in dividend is attacking them. Also remember this attach talk is coming form an industry that made it mandatory for miners to appear at a Romney Rally and did not pay them.

    Sorry I do not feel sorry for the Coal Industry. To me they are no better then the old auto industry.

    September 27, 2012 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  5. SFRich

    We don't use coal because it creates a lot of pollution, it's dangerous to those who dig it out of the ground, and the technology to convert it into other uses is so costly that it just makes more sense to use petroleum.

    That's it face value, but wait. Romney's comments are really just code for gutting the clean air act. The GOP has never been fond of that. They prefer dirty air to those pesky laws that help the environment.

    September 27, 2012 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  6. Thomas

    Slam , slam , slam.

    All Romney ever dose is blame Obama . Not once has he ever slammed GW BUSH .

    Spineless , no wonder he was a bully in prep school . Imagine , a guy worth 200 million blaming others , yet never looking at himself. And from one day to the next never having any clear answers .

    It's good Mitt and his sons never were in the military , they are kings , royalty and only give orders.

    Coal today , tomorrow it will be China again , then it will be Israel , then an oil spill , then a hurricane , then Libya , them health care , then immigration , then education , then a moved statue of Churchill , the the fiscal crises.

    Mitt is a sniveler without a cause , and we don't need snivelers void of solutions. A real soup of the day KINDA complainer.

    Romney / Ryan
    We don't know what we said , but we mean it.

    September 27, 2012 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  7. Thomas

    Romney suggested the Obama campaign has engaged at times in "character assassination" against him.
    "This is a campaign, not about character assassination, even though that's what I think has come from the Obama camp by and large," he said.
    "Do you think the Obama camp engaged in character assassination?," asked Greenberg.
    "Oh yeah, sure, they try and completely misrepresent my point of view

    Now Mitt Romney acting like Newt Gingrich and playing the victim.

    Newt Romney

    September 27, 2012 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  8. Erick

    Here we go.... Romney has been trying to find way to blame Obama for that. Attack did not work for him (Romney).

    September 27, 2012 02:54 am at 2:54 am |
  9. Sully

    Mitt Romney should change his name to Dickson.... Contra Dickson.

    I bet Contra Dickson says Obama's name more than any straight up fact or plan he has for the country. Talk about obsessed....

    September 27, 2012 04:27 am at 4:27 am |
  10. Hillarion

    The Republican idea of a good economy is smokestacks belching black soot like those in 19th cantury ads showing how successful a company was. London once had air pollution as bad as, or worse than that of Beijing today.
    Many regulations have their reasons.

    September 27, 2012 04:29 am at 4:29 am |
  11. Dave o

    I have to agree with the repubs on this one. Not taking advantage of our coal reserves is not in our interests.

    September 27, 2012 04:43 am at 4:43 am |
  12. newshead12

    Obviously Romney will win West Virginia.

    September 27, 2012 05:53 am at 5:53 am |
  13. n

    What's with Romney and all this slamming and ripping going on? Has he not learned that this horse is dead? The republican leadership, since day one, have been slamming and ripping this president before he set down in the Oval Office. So Romney is basically beating a dead horse while crying wolf. Romney is still riding around with a cage of lies tied to the roof of his clown car.

    September 27, 2012 06:03 am at 6:03 am |
  14. The Other Dale

    So, according to Romney's people, the President was sitting around oen day saying, "Why, Romney would make a fine president and ... what's that? He's in support of coal miners?! Then I must do everything in my power to stop him from becoming president, as Mitt Romney supports coal miners!!!"

    It's all about Mitt. That's Romney's campaign.

    September 27, 2012 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  15. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Romney doesn't understand that the climate change is going because of human activity. Coal fired power plants are a good source of the problem. If they captured all the gases that came out, they could be sold to greenhouses to accelerate plant growth. We can't dump whatever we want into the air, water and on the land because it doesn't go away.

    September 27, 2012 07:16 am at 7:16 am |