Candidates preview energy debate in Virginia's 2013 election
A day after Mitt Romney leveled energy attacks on President Barack Obama, the three probable candidates for Virginia governor laid out energy plans that show that coal, offshore drilling and renewables will take prominence in next year's state elections.
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, both Republicans, on Thursday left no doubt that they were clearly in Romney's camp. At a forum in Richmond, they accused Obama of waging a "war on coal" and blamed him for lost jobs by stopping Virginia offshore drilling.
They were countered, however, by former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe, who said the state must look beyond coal in creating energy jobs.
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