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Obama have strong was in defense of the coal industry Wednesday not the snow that's.
I'm gonna make sure we continue to burn clean coal people in the coal industry feel like it's getting crushed by your policies.
I want to get America and North America energy independent so we can create those jobs.
We will look coal is another would for jobs especially in a swing state like Ohio and joining us now from Richmond Virginia is.
Michael he is the former secretary of state from that state Ohio.
Blackwell how many jobs have been lost in Ohio in the coal industry.
Stewart is fair to say thousands of jobs have been lost.
And on top of that.
You know average working families have utility.
Rates that are going through the roof.
This is an administration that has turned -- coal and coal miners.
It -- turn our natural -- as.
It it Ohio with America.
For cheap energy.
And this president has decided that he will choose.
You know exists so whether the bid so -- little bit of this is over his of this but this guy if you if you belong in the green it is.
If you've lost thousands of jobs in the state of Ohio are you have a president who dislikes fossil fuels whether -- natural gas or oil all coal.
Given that circumstance why is Ohio swinging towards President Obama in the forthcoming election.
Well it's it's it's right now all Obama is up if you take -- rolling average by about five.
I think that's gonna come down in the next couple days as a consequence.
Of the uplift from Romney's.
The debate performance but at the end of the day Ohio is a battleground state and it's up for grabs.
And that's because we have a president.
That has shepherded.
Anemic economic growth and job creation we have to make good choice whether or not we wanna continue down that path.
Or whether we want to go down the path or robust.
Energy and it and economic expand.
And job creation what is it is it EPA rules that are just closing down coal mine said the cash used you can use Colin -- find is you EPA rules that are -- -- are the.
It that they ED DE PA is there is an -- crew were aggressive deterrent for.
The use of coal and and that and the production of -- jobs.
But look at the -- the end of the day this is an administration.
That has chosen.
-- winners and losers and as governor Romney said the other night.
He is in fact -- Moses and and and he's put.
Billions of dollars but again it's in the pockets of his friends who have reduce the.
Zero job alright Ken Blackwell former secretary of state for the swing state of Ohio thanks so much for joining us this morning so we do appreciate it thank you good to -- --