Ken Cuccinelli II’s campaign for Virginia governor aired a new “War on Coal” ad Thursday claiming that Terry McAuliffe and his fellow Democrats are hostile to an industry that generates electricity and jobs for thousands of people in the commonwealth.
“It’s often called his war on coal,” the ad says, showing a picture of President Obama. “But it’s more than that. It’s a war on the working poor. … Now, Terry McAuliffe wants to lead the attack.”
But McAuliffe’s campaign has said he is concerned about any regulations that would drive up energy costs or cost Virginians their jobs.
“While we’re waiting on actual regulations to be proposed, Terry believes any new regulations should balance the need to encourage clean energy with the fact that coal is, and will continue to be, a large portion of Virginia’s energy mix,” McAuliffe spokesman Josh Schwerin said in an e-mail about the proposed rules.