That's right. And they mean it this time:
Obama unveils ad touting coal support
By Michael Sluss, The Roanoke Times
Richmond -- With the presidential race heating up in Virginia, coal is becoming a major issue in the fight between Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama.
Obama's campaign unveiled a new television ad Wednesday touting the Democrat's support for so-called "clean coal" technologies, pushing back at Republican charges that Obama and running mate Joe Biden would hurt an industry that is critical to the economy of far Southwest Virginia. (link)
The most ludicrous part of this story? Rick Boucher. Who can always be counted upon for a ludicrous quote or two:
"U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Abingdon, also talked up the Democratic ticket's support for coal Wednesday and accused Republican John McCain's camp of airing "misleading" ads on the issue."
Uh, Rick. America didn't need the Republicans to air Biden's "No coal plants her in America" declaration. They simply need access to YouTube.
Misleading? Only if "We're not supporting clean coal" means something other than "We're not supporting clean coal," because that's what spilled from the man's mouth.
Oh, and get this:
Uh, no, again, Rick. Biden did not talk about his coal-mining community heritage when he came down to Castlewood to gull the gullible members of the United Mine Workers assembled at their annual fish fry. You're being misleading. Biden claimed, laughably, that he was a "hard coal miner," something that came as breaking news to the entire western world.
Boucher said Biden affirmed his support for coal during a visit last month to the United Mine Workers of America picnic in Castlewood."It was a very successful appearance during which he spent a long time talking about the need for the use of clean coal technology," Boucher said. "He talked about his heritage, where he grew up in a coal-mining community in Scranton, Pa. .
Anyway, leaving Boucher to his delusions, be forewarned that Obama is for clean coal again.
But stay tuned ...