Last week, in my first post here at MRC, I wrote about Mitt Romney’s two coal ads and how they accurately depicted the war we are waging here in Appalachia against President Obama and his EPA. I described those ads as heart wrenching, and I’m not afraid to admit they brought a tear to my eye. It breaks my heart to see so many of my neighbors struggling simply because our current President hates coal.
This week, we learned that the Obama campaign has been targeting coal supporters at rallies. In Virginia, Obama staffers confiscated pro-coal signs and hats worn by folks at a Joe Biden rally. And at a rally for Barack Obama in Ohio, coal supporters were banned from the event altogether. Banned? He had people banned because they support coal? Yes. He. Did.
The Romney campaign released a new ad today targeted at coal country. Let me tell you, if the one last week pulled at my heart strings, this one fires me up! We are sick and tired of fighting our federal government, which by the way, is supposed to help, not hurt, create jobs. The new ad, titled “Bankrupt”, reminds voters in Appalachia of Obama’s 2008 campaign promise that under his energy plan “…if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant they can, it’s just that it will bankrupt them.” You heard that right; here we have an American president promising to bankrupt an industry. Has there ever been a politician so brazen to brag he’ll bankrupt an industry and kill jobs? Not that I can remember. The ad goes on to explain that China has no problem taking our jobs and burning our coal. The spot closes with “Mr. President let us keep our jobs. We can’t afford 4 more years.”
Great news! I’m not the only one fired up! This week I learned that a group of grassroots West Virginians calling themselves “Miners for Romney” are organizing a caravan of nearly 100 vehicles to travel from Logan County, West Virginia to Ironton, Ohio. The caravan, organized by Shaun Adkins and other grassroots folks, will make stops in Charleston and Huntington, West Virginia, before arriving in Ohio. It will include coal miners, their families, local residents and business owners that rely on the industry, as well as ordinary people concerned what would happen to the coal industry if Obama got reelected. Joining the West Virginia group will be likeminded Ohioans and Kentuckians. Once they all make it to Ironton, “Miners for Romney” will spend hours knocking on doors and getting out the vote for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan!
After door knocks, the group will be treated to a picnic by the Romney campaign, followed by a rally where several people will speak. Among the speakers are a passionate West Virginia coal miner named Josh Nelson, who’s running (and winning) for a seat in the West Virginia House of Delegates that’s been held by Democrats for nearly 80 years! The rally will be keynoted by Tom and Deneen Borelli, two nationally known pro-energy conservatives. Tom is a columnist at TownHall.com and a Senior Fellow at FreedomWorks. Deneen is the author of Backlash and Director of Outreach at FreedomWorks. Both are frequent contributors at FOX News. The rally will also feature representatives of the Romney campaign as well as Josh Mandel’s campaign.
I don’t have to tell anyone how important Ohio is on the electoral map. It’s a huge part of winning the White House and Mitt needs all the help he can get there. It makes me so proud to know that my fellow West Virginians are stepping up to help turn Ohio red for the Romney-Ryan ticket!
Governor Romney, if you’re reading this, keep it up! Thousands of Mountaineers stand ready to help you take back this country and save coal!