MORRISTOWN - If U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, and state Treasurer Josh Mandel have their way, what they refer to as President Barack Obama's "war on coal" will soon come to a screeching halt.
"Hundreds of families have felt the effects of the war on coal," said Johnson while speaking before Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan's Saturday speech at the Valley View Campgrounds, just east of Morristown.
Johnson is embroiled in a hotly contested race against former Democratic congressman Charlie Wilson to represent eastern Ohio in the House of Representatives. Mandel is the Republican challenger to Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.
"Barack Obama is the general in the war on coal, but Sherrod Brown is his main lieutenant," said Mandel. "Coal equals jobs."
"We are most safe in the U.S. when we produce energy here in the USA," he added.
Recently, coal miners at the Murray Energy Century Mine in Beallsville have been speaking out against what they also term Obama's "war on coal." After Democratic Party officials claimed the miners were forced by Murray to speak out against Obama, the miners held a news conference to emphatically deny this accusation.
Mandel also said Saturday the Obamacare health plan is bad for America, taking decisions away from individuals.
"We want a health care system where we make decisions without some faceless government bureaucrat telling us what we can have," he said.
Johnson told the crowd they should vote for Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and running mate Ryan because the two "know how to lead."
"We are not going to change Washington by sending Barack Obama and Sherrod Brown back there," Mandel added.