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Ohio Miners Say Obama Campaign Lied About Romney Event
Reported by: Kennie Bass
Videographer: Bob Aaron
Web Producer: Kennie Bass
Also Contributing: Bill Oldani, Martin Hicks
Reported: Oct. 17, 2012 6:09 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Trying to drum up support in southeastern Ohio and throughout Appalachia, Governor Mitt Romney appeared at an August event in Belmont County surrounded by 500 coal miners.
Romney says overzealous regulation by the president's environmental protection agency has been a contributing factor in putting thousands of miners out of work.
The Obama campaign quickly released an attack ad criticizing Romney and saying that the miners were being exploited.
Political Ad/Obama Campaign: Turns out they were told that attendance at Mitt Romney's rally was quote "mandatory." Their mine was closed, lost the pay they needed.
There's only one problem. The miners themselves say the Obama campaign ad is a lie.
Political Ad/Checks & Balances For Economic Growth: In a letter the miners make it clear, no one was forced to attend the rally. No attendance records were taken. And there were no penalties for not attending. Why would you lie about the 500 working miners who have signed this letter?
The miners have released a video containing their complete statement, which includes a letter to a northern West Virginia radio personality who reported the miners were forced to attend.
Mitch Miracle/Murray Energy: We voluntarily and enthusiastically attended the event and take great offense to the disingenuous reporting of the event by you and other media outlets.
The Obama campaign has not responded to requests for comment about what the miners are saying.
Most polls show President Obama with a slim lead in Ohio. No republican has ever captured the White House without winning the Buckeye State.
However, the president isn't doing nearly as well in other parts of coal country. Polls show Governor Romney with significant leads in West Virginia and Kentucky.
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