Coal mining jobs cause concerns in swing state
Steve Brown reports from Ohio
- Duration 2:44
- Date Nov 1, 2012
Steve Brown reports from Ohio
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Today we'll -- So five days out and in -- swing state in the swing vote territory of the eastern Ohio.
EPA is something of a dirty word the Environmental Protection Agency blamed for many.
The killing of some of the best paying jobs in the region.
Mining coal of course is Steve Brown is there a lot.
-- this morning says Steve what is the EPA done to deserve such a bad reputation in this part Ohio.
Well the first thing we need to point out about eastern Ohio is that it's a -- -- kind of -- it's supported democratic and Republican candidates a lot of ticket splitters out there.
Now it used to be home -- an awful lot of manufacturing jobs but a lot of those had disappeared so for blue collar folks some of the best jobs out there.
Were involved mining coal working for a coal mine.
The problem is that the universal perception vote democratic leaning and Republican leaning eastern Ohio once.
Is that the EPA's made those jobs more skiers.
He's EPA dirty word out here.
-- We've got a little gas on its way -- -- coal -- they say that it's dirty coal.
The power plants -- shut down left -- right.
Because of EPA.
Guess that's that's not a good order here.
Union union the United Mine Workers of America which endorsed Barack Obama in 2008 put him on the cover of the union magazine for the September and October addition to -- did title he's one of lies has decided not to endorse a presidential candidate this time around.
So there are some my caution signs for the president out Easter Ohio market.
-- that such an interesting dynamic there this time around Steve because of course -- you say traditionally coal miners and the unions.
I have -- democratic presidents and then -- apparently there's still support them and at least in that outward way but what -- what are the president you know and his allies sort of saying about what this cold mix is gonna bring them this time around it.
Well they're not gonna quit on on trying to get that vote out there they have dispatched Ted Strickland probably the best friend that organized labor has -- in recent elected office he was -- governor defeated by John Kasich.
He was also the congressman out there are so he's been working overtime in that region also.
Our Richard Trumka the head of the AFL CIO who used to be the president of the United Mine Workers of America.
He said in a conference call that he's -- out there for a couple of days this week trying convinced mine workers out there in their families that this president is on their side they need to go and vote for himself.
This is a battleground territory and a battleground issue Martha.
Boy five days away everybody's going to be watching those county is as those numbers come in to try to read the tea leaves in Ohio Steve thank you very much.