McAuliffe partners with Obama’s ‘War on Coal’

RICHMOND — A new online ad ties Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe to “President Obama’s war on Virginia coal.”

“Terry McAuliffe and Barack Obama have openly declared war on Virginia coal,” said Phil Kerpen, president of American Commitment, a conservative advocacy group that produced the ad.

“These reckless policies will kill jobs, bankrupt businesses, and drive up energy prices for hardworking Virginia families,” Kerpen said.

The 30-second spot, titled “War on Coal,” opens with a video clip of Obama saying:

“So, if somebody wants to build a coal powered plant, they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them because they’re gonna be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.”

The ad then cuts to McAuliffe voicing support for Obama’s policies:

“Barack Obama is gonna need a partner to work with him to get these things done. I’ll be that partner,” McAuliffe declares.

The McAuliffe campaign did not respond to’s request for comment.

An “Energy Jobs of the Future” page on McAuliffe’s website quotes the Brookings Institute saying, “The United States has created 2,675,545 clean energy jobs.”


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