Grimes: Obama 'targeting Kentucky coal' with new EPA rule
June 4th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
3 months ago

Grimes: Obama 'targeting Kentucky coal' with new EPA rule

(CNN) - Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic Senate nominee in Kentucky, released a radio ad Wednesday slamming President Barack Obama for "pie in the sky regulations" aimed at her state's coal industry.

Grimes has made it a point to draw a bold line between herself and the White House - most recently on the Obama administration's new Environmental Protection Agency rule that would drastically reduce carbon emission from power plants.

"Mr. President, Kentucky has lost one-third of our coal jobs in just the last three years," Grimes said in the ad. "Now your EPA is targeting Kentucky coal with pie in the sky regulations that are impossible to achieve. It's clear you have no idea how this affects Kentucky."

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Grimes' campaign said the spot comes as part of a six-figure campaign highlighting their candidate's stance on coal.

The Kentucky Democrat joins mostly Republicans, but a few other Democrats, from coal and oil states who protest the proposed EPA rules would harm their states' economies and raise energy prices.

Grimes also uses the ad to hit her Republican opponent, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who's running this year for a sixth term in office.

"It's bad enough we've lost 18 thousand coal jobs since Mitch McConnell became senator. It's even worse that Senator McConnell says it's not his job to bring jobs to Kentucky. Now you give us this," she said.

"It is a fact that Alison Lundergan Grimes lined up as a delegate behind Barack Obama after he announced he would wage a war on coal and said nothing as thousands of Kentuckians lost their jobs. Her belated concern about the war on coal now that she's a candidate, after helping to ensure it by backing Obama, is insulting and transparently political," said McConnell campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore, in response to the ad.

McConnell's campaign is trying hard to make this election a referendum on Obama, who lost Kentucky by 23 percentage points to GOP nominee Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election, and is highly unpopular in the latest polls in the commonwealth. But Grimes is pushing back hard.

After the White House announced the new regulations on Monday, Grimes' campaign was quick to respond, promising that if elected, the Kentucky Democrat would "fiercely oppose the President's attack on Kentucky."

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Grimes also sought to distance herself from the President over the Veterans Affairs scandal, calling last month for embattled VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign over the controversy that's rocked his agency and again placed the spotlight of scrutiny on the Obama administration.

CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2014 • Alison Lundergan Grimes • Energy • Environmental policy • EPA • Kentucky • Mitch McConnell • President Obama
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Mario Correale

    Although Global weather change does have a smidgen of merrit, the Obama administration has been cashing in both monitarily and politically every time his Administration is caught in another scandal. Remember the Sequester, when the Obama Administration were trying to spank the American people with closing open parks to our Veterans. This is the most corrupt Administration this country has ever seen and the history books cannot whitewash all of the dirty deeds from the past six years. Has anyone noticed that Obama has only used ways to hurt American people for wealth redistribution purposes and not help them with any positive initiatives. There isn't enough spin that can come from the white house to shove the ongoing negative impacts on Real Americans under the rug.

    June 4, 2014 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  2. @RI_Roger

    Does anyone think she will not change her tune once elected? If you do, I have some prime swamp land to sell you.

    June 4, 2014 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  3. Gurgyl

    --listen, Alison, if you want to be in the winning incumbent, just talk sense, nothing wrong with EPA rules restricting. Give importance to what is best to the nation–unlike republicans. Nothing wrong with ACA Laws too. Stay together with Democratic Party. Don't be color changing vermilion as per camouflage. Good luck. Talk sense to win.

    June 4, 2014 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  4. A Kickin` Donkey

    I like her and understand she`s trying to do what it takes to win in RACIST Kentucky but she better be careful/ smart about it. Unprincipled Obama-bashing will not be forgotten. I find it distasteful that she would try to tap into hatred of Obama to bolster herself.

    All you oil & coal politicians need to know the writing is on the wall, yours is a dirty fuel. Grimes would do BETTeR for hitting McConnell for not proposing or supporting a pet project for the government to do R&D on how to extract energy most pristinely from this abundant resource. Don`t try to deny climate change, the hole in the ozone, or acid rain. Accept the science then hit McConell for doing NOTHING to innoculate Kentucky coal jobs from the march of science. Mr. Obama and his EPA are not coal`s problem, so bashing him isn`t going to take the pressure off.

    Oh, and give that Mr. Obama came down hard in 2009 Massey mine disaster, most people in that state should be thanking him.

    June 4, 2014 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  5. rla

    Liberals and democrats lie like rugs-- Anything to stay in power and win an election.... <cConnell is no saint but Grimes will end up being another door mat for the progressives

    June 4, 2014 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  6. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    Actually ky has a smal share of coal production then the rest of the coal states and over 70% of Americans support the new rules.DIRTY COALS time has passed. Maybe if you supported clean energy in the past GOP , you would have an Easyer time now. The GOP LOSES elections and still think they run things, guess what you don't and are only in the pockets of the krochsuckers brothers

    June 4, 2014 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  7. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    Who really cares what happens in the mc connel state of ky.

    June 4, 2014 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Hmm. I have heard the reports about Grimes that says she's not a savvy politician. The more I learn about her, the more I see what these reports are about. This attack on the President is obviously pandering to the voters. Anyone with common sense knows that we have reached the point where we do need some limits on carbon emissions, and what the Pres. Obama is proposing is a restoration of the rollback that was executed during the Bush administration.

    June 4, 2014 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  9. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    And Michigan has lost twice as many Automotive jobs. What's your point? Do you think coal miners are the only ones suffering??

    June 4, 2014 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  10. Gunderson

    UM, Well,
    It is clear that Whats-His-Name isn't clear on anything. But repairing the damage may be long and hard and the cost will be high but slug on great unwashed. For some time Coal of which will contain high levels of sulfur is already washed after it is mined to reduce the sulfur content. The environmentalists don't want coal, hydro, nuclear, gas, wind or anything else. Coal has to be used or no electricity. Live with it!

    June 4, 2014 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  11. patNY

    Wake up Kentucky and all coal producing states. Coal's days are numbered because it's not only killing out planet with global warming record emissions, but coal is just plain dirty and very highly polluting and guess where all that is being swept to? The Northeast! Thanks, but keep your pollution to yourselves. AND what the heck is she suggesting? That coal just keep polluting and killing all of us? Sorry, but she will not get a single donation of my money even if she could defeat McConnel in the general election.

    June 4, 2014 09:05 am at 9:05 am |