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Obama, Romney campaigns intensify battle over support for coal industry

The Obama campaign on Friday accused GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney of flip-flopping on his support for the coal industry to score political points.

The campaign referred to Romney’s 2003 comments that, as Massachusetts governor, he would not “protect jobs that kill people.”

“The fact is, before Romney was for coal, he was vehemently against it,” former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland (D) said in a media call. “Mitt Romney is no friend of coal.”

The campaign said Romney misrepresented Obama’s coal record during Wednesday’s presidential debate, saying that Virginia and Ohio experienced jobs gains in that industry since Obama took office.

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