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New Romney ad features Obama‚??s ‘war on coal’

The ad recaps comments Obama made in 2008: ‚??If somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can. It‚??s just that it will bankrupt them‚?¶‚?Ě

Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney has released a new television ad ¬†targeting President Barack Obama‚??s ‚??war on coal‚?Ě to remind voters in the key swing states of Ohio and Pennsylvania the incumbent Democrat is not a fan of the industry.

The ad titled ‚??Bankrupt‚?Ě said, ‚??President Obama is attacking Mitt Romney because Mitt Romney supports coal miners. In 2008, Barack Obama said building a coal-powered plant will bankrupt you. President Obama wages war on coal while we lose jobs to China. We can‚??t afford four more years.‚?Ě

An estimated 2,000 in the coal industry have lost their jobs this year, another 7,000 jobs are expected to be cut if a new rule takes effect regulating stream buffer zones.

The ad recaps comments Obama made in 2008: ‚??If somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can. It‚??s just that it will bankrupt them‚?¶‚?Ě

Policies issued by the Environmental Protection Agency affecting the coal industry have so annoyed leaders of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) they have so far refused to endorse Obama for a second term.

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Audrey Hudson is an award-winning investigative journalist whose enterprise reporting has sparked numerous congressional investigations that led to laws signed by Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. She won the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi award for Public Service in 2009 for her report on dangerous drug experiments by the federal government on war veterans, which prompted internal investigations and needed reforms within the Veterans Affairs Department. The report also captured first place for investigative reporting by the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and was a finalist of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences Webby Awards for news and politics. Her breaking stories have been picked up and followed by major news publications and periodicals, including Readers Digest, Washington Monthly, and The Weekly Standard, as well as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Washington Post. With nearly 20 years of experience in Washington as a newspaper reporter and as a Capitol Hill staffer for Western lawmakers, she will now lead Human Events‚?? coverage of energy and environmental issues. A native of Kentucky, Mrs. Hudson has worked inside the Beltway for nearly two decades -- on Capitol Hill as a Senate and House spokeswoman, and most recently at The Washington Times covering Congress, Homeland Security, and the Supreme Court. Audrey‚??s email is AHudson@EaglePub.Co