WASHINGTON (Gray D.C) -- Republican Senate candidate Patrick Morrisey thanks President Donald Trump for bringing coal back by rolling back regulations.
“Let’s take our coal, let’s take our oil and natural gas, let’s ship it to other markets, locally and around the world, then you’re going to watch our economy grow," he said.
He blames regulations championed by President Obama for coal’s downturn. On this, he and Incumbent Dem Joe Manchin are on the same page.
In our interview, Manchin called Obama’s energy policies very poor.
“It wasn’t feasible, and it wasn’t realistic, and it just killed us," he said.
But, while both believe the coal industry can heat back up in West Virginia, Manchin isn’t ruling out other power sources.
“I’m an all-in energy policy person, I need coal, I need nuclear, I need gas, I need wind, I need solar, I need hydro."
Manchin says he won’t be on-board if the President tries to strike safety rules or clean air and water regulations.
“There’s a balance, and if President Trump tries to push too far, it’ll come back and bite him bad."
Both candidates want to see the federal government step in to save miners’ failing pension plans. Manchin and West Virginia’s other senator – Republican Shelley Moore Capito – have not been able to sell a bail-out on Capitol Hill.
“I think I’d come in and have the ability to help make that happen a lot quicker than Joe Manchin can," said Morrisey.
The plan to save miners’ pensions currently has more support on the left than the right. A bi-partisan committee is scheduled to come up with a plan by the end of the year.