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Ohio coal miners shown in a TV ad for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney say the images were shot at a campaign event their company required them to attend.
The "War on Coal" ad suggests President Barack Obama's emphasis on clean energy is costing U.S. jobs, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday. The president is leading in Ohio, a critical swing state.
The ad, filmed Aug. 14, shows miners in hard-hats with coal dust on their faces, standing behind Romney at a mine in Beallsville, owned by Murray Energy. Its president, Robert Murray, is a Romney backer and Republican Party donor both as an individual and through his company.
Miners told David Blomquist, a talk radio host for WWVA in the area, the mine was shut down during the campaign event and their pay was docked but they were also required to attend the event. [MORE]