Sen. Rand Paul makes announcement to coal miners three weeks prior to election

Published: Oct. 18, 2016 at 11:12 PM EDT
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Dozens of working, retired and laid-off coal miners came together in Harlan County Tuesday to support Senator Rand Paul's most recent announcement.

Senator Paul launched his coal miners' coalition, in support of less federal regulations in Kentucky's coal mining industry.

Hillary Clinton's retracted phrase, "We're going to put a lot of coal miners out a business," still rings in the minds of many miners, one being Donald Farmer. The presidential candidate later apologized for her statement, but promised to help those who have lost their jobs as a result of the declining coal economy.

"We have so many politicians that say they are in support of the coal mining industry," said Farmer, "but if they support the administration that is present, I don't see how they can support coal."

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and Senator Rand Paul are running to represent the Commonwealth in the U.S. Senate. They said they both support jobs and energy - just in different ways.

"Coal miners are some of the most productive workers in America. I hear this across our state," said Mayor Gray in May of 2016, "but I support a modern economy. I support infrastructure for a modern economy."

Senator Rand Paul said he has tried to repeal the war on coal. "The Constitution says the President is not supposed to legislate," said Senator Paul, "and he's writing these rules that are killing our jobs in Eastern Kentucky - and not only is it bad for us, I think it is, frankly, unconstitutional."

According to the Associated Press, Mayor Jim Gray supports the Federal Abandoned Mine Land program, which would benefit unionized coal miners. It's something Senator Paul said he likes the concept of, but would like to see it applied to all coal miners.

However, Farmer says, he does not want financial aid, he wants a job. "People were working, men were sending their kids to school and college, they were purchasing homes, paying for homes," he told WYMT, "but after the war on coal, they've lost their homes."

Paul said his next step against the war on coal is lifting federal regulations against coal mines. This Election Day, voters will see if his aggressive stance against Hillary Clinton's policies is effective.

To sign up for Senator Paul's most recent coalition, you can click the link below.