“I’ve been a business owner for 25 years. [Romney‘s] message is a lot stronger with me than Obama’s,” said Jack Carroll, who operates a marketing firm in the Pittsburgh suburb of Upper St. Clair.
The farther outside Pennsylvania’s major cities one goes, the more potent the frustration toward Mr. Obama becomes. It’s driven in large part by the administration’s so-called “war on coal,” the implementation of new environmental regulations that have already begun to cost mining jobs and shut down coal-fired power plants, putting thousands out of work.
Throughout western Pennsylvania, signs reading “Stop the war on coal: Fire Obama” can be seen. Many billboards carry similar messages.
In Virginia, the same appears to be happening as over 5,000 people turned out to voice their concern over the loss of income and jobs because of the one promise Obama has kept: to kill the coal industry.