Rand Paul: Not Pro-Coal Enough?

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With Rand Paul emerging as a surprisingly viable threat from the right in Kentucky’s Republican Senate primary, what’s Secretary of State Trey Grayson to do? The answer, in ads that he released in the state today, appears to be to attack Paul as not pro-coal enough.

The ads feature Rand Paul, in a stump speech for his father’s failed presidential bid, calling coal “a very dirty form of energy.” Grayson, on the other hand, pledges that he will “consistently favor Kentucky coal to create good jobs and get our economy moving again.”

“I’ll fight against Obama’s war on coal, and for clean coal and for Kentucky jobs,” he concludes.

Yes, that “war on coal” that Obama created a new “clean coal” task force two weeks ago to perpetrate …

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