FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, a longtime advocate for the mining industry, will run a radio ad in 35 coal-producing counties beginning Tuesday to decry what he describes as the Obama administration's "war on coal."
McConnell says in the spot that coal is an economic engine and a proud way of life in Kentucky. But, he says, President Barack Obama and his allies view coal as a threat to their liberal ideologies and green energy policies.
McConnell, who is seeking re-election to a sixth term, declares in the ad that the war on coal is also a war on Kentucky.
Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced earlier this month that she would run against McConnell next year. Grimes isn't mentioned in the radio spot.