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Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 09/27/2012

Romney coal ad aired ahead of Virginia visit

While Mitt Romney goes stumping for votes in Northern Virginia Thursday, he’ll also appeal to coal-producing areas of the state with a new television ad.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets coal miners during a campaign rally in Beallsville, Ohio. (Justin Sullivan - GETTY IMAGES)
Hours before the Republican presidential hopeful and former Massachusetts governor was scheduled to appear at a Springfield American Legion post, his campaign launched an ad accusing President Obama of waging a “war on coal.”

In the space of 30 seconds, the ad twice shows a video snippet of Obama saying, “If somebody wants to build a coal-fired plant, they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them.”

Titled “Bankrupt,” the ad wraps up with: “Mr. President, let us keep our jobs. We can’t afford four more years.”

Coal has emerged as an important issue in not only the presidential contest, but the U.S. Senate race between former governors George Allen (R) and Timothy M. Kaine (D).

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