Last updated: August 07. 2014 5:15PM - 949 Views
By Joe P. Asher jasher@civitasmedia.com

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Sen. Mitch McConnell made a stop in Harlan on Thursday, taking the time to speak to a crowd of enthusiastic supporters inside the Carroll Engineering building on Industrial Park Road.
Congressmen Hal Rogers introduced McConnell to the crowd.
“It's wonderful to be back in Harlan County,” said Rogers. “I'm here on a very serious occasion…if we can't get some handle on this war on coal that's ruining our country, this country's in trouble.”
Rogers said there were over 7,000 coal miners laid off in his district.
Rogers told the crowd that the upcoming election meant life and death for the region.
McConnell then took the podium, mentioning that Rogers is the longest serving Republican U.S. House member in the history or Kentucky.
“I know you're out here today because you're worried about our country,” said McConnell.
According to McConnell, the Harlan and other coal-producing counties have been hit hard economically.
“Here in Harlan County in the heart of coal country, we've felt it the worst,” said McConnell. “We've got a depression here.”
McConnell said other countries are building coal fueled power plants and importing coal.
“The Europeans are now importing coal after having flirted with this climate change issue, they've decided the price is too high,” said McConnell. “You might have noticed Australia in the last few weeks has repealed their carbon tax…their version of what Obama is doing. Barrack Obama will be gone in two years but the coal will still be in the ground.”
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