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Romney addresses 3,000 supporters in Abingdon

Hank Hayes • Oct 5, 2012 at 5:00 PM

ABINGDON, Va. — GOP presidential challenger Mitt Romney mined Southwest Virginia for votes during a Friday rally showcasing his support for the region’s coal industry.

Standing before more than 3,000 supporters in an outdoor gravel lot framed by heavy earth-moving equipment, Romney said incumbent President Barack Obama is living up to a 2008 pledge to bankrupt those wanting to build new coal-fired power plants.

"I don’t believe in putting our coal under ground forever," Romney said at Carter Machinery Co., a Caterpillar dealer. "I believe we should take advantage of it, and put good workers back to work...It’s abundant and cheap and can be burned in a clean way."

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