COLUMBUS, Ohio - Today, the Portman for Senate Campaign released its latest TV ad, “Coal Miner," which highlights how Ted Strickland turned his back on his former congressional district and southeast Ohio by moving to D.C. to take his "Dream Job" making $250,000 a year to lobby for Hillary Clinton and President Obama's war on coal. The ad begins playing immediately across southeast Ohio and will run through Election Day. The ad is part of the Portman for Senate Campaign's $14 million TV reservation.
As a reminder, Rob was endorsed by the United Mine Workers of America in June. The union has a long history of supporting Democrats, including Ted Strickland in 2006 and 2010.
You may click HERE or on the video below to watch "Coal Miner."
President Barack Obama: If somebody wants to build a coal power plant, they can - it's just that it will bankrupt them.
Hillary Clinton: We're going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.
P.J.: If someone came in here and shut these mines down, it would be devastating. I am worried about it every single day.
Jerry: Ted Strickland siding with Hillary Clinton - it's a slap to the face. They want to put us good working, hard working coal miners out of jobs.
P.J.: Ted Strickland has turned his back on us. Like a turncoat, he sided with Barack and Hillary when he went to Washington.
Ted Strickland: I had a job last year that was a dream job - paid me more money than I've ever made in my life.
Jerry: Ted Strickland definitely sold out.
P.J.: You can't turn your back on Ohio and then come back here and say 'I'm here for you.' It just don't work like that. Rob Portman is on the side of the coal miners.
Jerry: Rob Portman has our backs as coal miners. He'll fight for us, he'll fight for coal.
P.J.: I'll definitely be voting for Rob Portman.
Rob Portman: I’m Rob Portman, and I approve this message.
In June, Ted received a major “political blow” after the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) endorsed Rob. In response, Strickland launched a two-day Appalachian Apology Tour as he desperately tried to convince voters that the 2016 Ted Strickland from Washington, D.C. is the same as the 1996 Ted Strickland from southeast Ohio. Unfortunately for him what followed was a poll showing Ted Strickland down in his former Congressional district by double digits to Rob and scathing editorials from the Wheeling Intelligencer detailing how Ted Strickland is "not a friend to East Ohio" and from Belmont County's Times Leader declaring "No thanks, Mr. Strickland. Fool us once, shame on you. Fool us twice – shame on us."
Ted Strickland was endorsed by the UMWA in 2006 and 2010 while running for Governor and they endorsed all of the Ohio Democrats running for office in 2006, 2010, 2012, and 2014.
The UMWA endorsed these prominent Senate Democrats in 2012:
- Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
- Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
- Joe Donnelly (D-IN)
- Joe Manchin (D-WV)
- Tim Kaine (D-VA)
- Bob Casey (D-PA)
And in 2014, the UMWA endorsed these prominent Democrats running for Senate:
- Dick Durbin (D-IL)
- Alison Lundergan Grimes (D-KY)
- Mark Udall (D-CO)
- Mark Warner (D-VA)
The Portman for Senate Campaign has also released three radio ads, "Changed," "Mine Workers," and "No Friend," detailing Rob's support for coal workers and Ted's record of turning his back on Southeast Ohio.
Earlier this year, Rob secured the commitment from Finance Committee Chairman Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) to mark up his legislation, the Miners Protection Act, which honors the promises made to Ohio's mine workers, retirees, and their dependents by protecting their hard-earned pensions and health benefits.
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Coal Country does not have a friend in Ted Strickland:
Ted Strickland has refused to denounce Hillary Clinton’s comments attacking coal workers when she said that, if elected, “we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” In a press release, Rob Portman condemned Clinton’s remarks and called on Ted Strickland to denounce them.
On April 1, 2014, former Governor Ted Strickland started his first day as President of the anti-gun, anti-coal, pro-tax, pro-Obamacare Center for American Progress (CAP) Action Fund – a liberal special interest group.
Ohio Coal Association: Strickland Is “Bad For Ohio Coal” (Ohio Coal Association, 2/8/15) "Moving from Ohio to Washington, DC has a tendency to change people. So it’s no surprise that for the past couple years, former Governor Ted Strickland has been advocating for the Obama Administration’s radical anti-coal policies that could kill 53,000 Ohio jobs, lower access to affordable energy, and threaten grid reliability... Ted Strickland has always liked to claim that he supports Ohio’s coal industry, but he has done just the opposite. Rumors are that Ted Strickland is considering moving back to Ohio to get back into politics and run for the U.S. Senate against Senator Rob Portman in 2016. If he does, Strickland will have a lot to answer to Ohio's coal voters on why he betrayed the people he used to represent in Congress and why he has been getting paid by a liberal Washington think tank for the past few years to advocate policies that are bad for Ohio coal, as well as anyone who turns on a light switch."
The Buckeye Firearms Association says Strickland "completely and totally lost his way in Washington, D.C. (Buckeye Firearms Association, 2/11/15) "...In short, former Governor Ted Strickland, despite the good he did for gun owners when he lived in Ohio, has completely and totally lost his way in Washington D.C... And gun owners aren't the only ones who are concerned about his abandonment of Ohioans' values. This week, Cleveland Plain Dealer is quoting Christian Palich, interim president of the Ohio Coal Association, as saying Strickland has also turned his back on Ohio's coal workers and electricity consumers, just as he has Ohio gun owners."
Center for American Progress: “There is no war on coal.” (Center for American Progress, 5/30/14)
CAP Calls Obama’s Anti-Coal Rule ‘Most Important Federal Effort To Cut Carbon’ “…the Obama administration proposed the Clean Power Plan, a landmark policy to establish the first-ever carbon-pollution standards for power plants, the largest industrial source of carbon pollution in the United States… the most important federal effort to cut carbon...” (Center for American Progress, 3/9/15)
Think Progress Said President Obama's EPA Regulations On Power Plants ‘Will Be The Most Significant Thing America Has Ever Done To Combat Climate Change.’ "Regulating carbon emissions from coal plants will be the most significant thing America has ever done to combat climate change. The electricity sector is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions here, and dropping those 25 percent in 6 years amounts to a reduction of roughly 300 million tons of CO2 each year." (Think Progress, 7/2/14)