The Democrat Senate candidate from West Virginia stopped by Fox and Friends this morning to explain her dramatic new ad that shows the lights being turned off at the White House. The ad calls out the administration's policies, via the EPA, against the state's coal mining industry.

West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant is running against Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) for the Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Jay Rockefeller.


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Tennant says she wants to send the message that standing up for West Virginia coal miners is not a left-right issue. She highlighted the fact that she and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) have put themselves at odds with President Obama's energy policies in order to preserve the state's coal industry.

"Whether the president wants to recognize it or not, coal still produces 40 percent of the electricity for this country. ... When we talk about West Virginia coal miners, it is families, it is mortgages they are trying to pay," said Tennant, adding that "unrealistic and unattainable" regulations from the Obama administration are "attacking coal jobs."

She called on the administration to work with the state on new technologies to cut emissions and preserve jobs.

Steve Doocy pointed out the following tweet from Capito's campaign, showing Tennant at an Obama campaign event in 2008.

Tennant said she's been "disappointed and hurt" by President Obama's actions since he took office. The hosts pressed her on whether she'd campaign for Obama if he were running right now and she answered that she's "not sure."

"He's not on the ballot. ... This is about me and Shelley Moore Capito and about West Virginia because I don't answer to the president."

Watch the full interview above, and tune in to Fox and Friends tomorrow to hear from Moore Capito.


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