Mitt Romney to bring campaign at Abingdon, Va.

8:58 am | October 4, 2012

ABINGDON, Va. (AP) Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is expected to focus on coal when he campaigns in Southwest Virginia Friday morning.

The former Massachusetts governor is scheduled to appear at an 11 a.m. rally at Carter Machinery, 18471 Spring Road in Abingdon, according to the candidate’s website. The event is open to the public, but tickets are required.

Described as a “coal country” event, organizers plan to distribute free hard hats to the first 250 attendees, according to the campaign website. Gates are scheduled to open at 9 a.m. and those who plan to attend are urged to bring as few personal items as possible.

No bags, sharp objects, umbrellas, liquids or signs will be allowed inside the event.

Last month, Romney issued a statement condemning the Obama administration’s energy policy in reaction to Alpha Natural Resources’ announcement that the company will lay off 1,200 workers and close coal mines.

“The Obama administration’s economic and regulatory policies are destroying jobs across the country and coal communities have been among the hardest hit,” Romney said in a mid-September statement.

It will be the first time one of the presidential nominees has visited the region during this campaign season. President Barack Obama, then the Democratic nominee, held two campaign events in the region in 2008 and GOP nominee John McCain stopped at Tri-Cities Regional Airport on the eve of that election.

For more information, call (757) 279-8253, visit www.mittromney.com/events/event-mitt-romney-abingdon or contact TeamVA@mittromney.com.

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