In the final days of his quest to reclaim the seat he lost six years ago, Republican U.S. Senate candidate George Allen is up with a new ad hitting opponent Timothy M. Kaine on coal.
The ad, titled “Pie Chart,” opens with a 2009 clip in which Kaine, then serving as Democratic National Committee chairman, says: “I’ve heard President-elect Obama say the same thing…our strategy should be; take that pie chart, take the coal portion, make it smaller.”
Allen has repeatedly attacked Kaine on coal, accusing him of supporting policies and regulations that would harm the industry, which is dominant in Southwest Virginia.
The ad then cuts to a clip of Obama talking about energy policy.
“So, if somebody wants to build a coal plant, they can — it’s just that it will bankrupt them because they are going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted,” he says.
The ad ends with a sound bytes from Kaine, in which he says, “I do think we’ve got to have a cap-and-trade or equivalent system.” Cap-and-trade refers to legislation that would limit carbon emissions from coal plants.
The Kaine campaign responded with supportive quotes from United Mine Workers representative Mike Kennedy and state Sen. Phillip P. Puckett, D-Russell.
“It was Tim Kaine, not George Allen, who fought to help ensure the permitting of a state of the art coal facility in Wise County that created 2,500 new jobs,” said Kennedy, who resides in St. Paul. “It was Tim Kaine, not George Allen, who put in place Virginia’s first statewide energy policy that emphasized use of Virginia’s native resources, including coal.”