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Portman for Senate Campaign Demands that Strickland Denounce Clinton’s Anti-Coal Remarks

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Today, in honor of Hillary Clinton’s visit to Athens, Ohio the Portman for Senate Campaign called on former Governor Ted Strickland to denounce Clinton’s anti-coal comments. The campaign also re-released its web ad, “Dream Job.” In March, Clinton attacked Ohio’s coal workers saying that, if elected, “we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” At the time, Rob Portman condemned the remarks and called on Ted Strickland to denounce them.

“Unfortunately, Ted Strickland continues to side with the Obama-Clinton agenda instead of with southeast Ohio as he has refused to condemn Hillary Clinton’s attacks on Ohio’s coal workers. It’s really no surprise considering that after Ohio fired him as governor, Ted Strickland turned his back on Ohio when he moved to Washington, D.C. and landed his “Dream Job” as President of the anti-coal Center for American Progress. While at CAP, Ted lobbied on behalf of liberal special interests dedicated to ending Ohio coal jobs,” Portman campaign spokesperson Michawn Rich said. “Today, we are demanding that Ted Strickland put Ohio first, apologize to Ohio’s hardworking coal miners, and denounce Clinton’s shameful comments.”

Today, the Portman for Senate campaign is re-releasing “Dream Job,” a web ad highlighting all the liberal policies Ted Strickland advocated for while at CAP. The ad will specifically target voters in southeast Ohio in honor of Clinton’s visit and Strickland’s refusal to condemn Clinton’s anti-coal remarks. You may click HERE or on the video below to watch “Dream Job.”

BACKGROUND:
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)