By Alexandra Jaffe - 12/12/13 10:50 AM EST
Kentuckians for Strong Leadership, a super-PAC supporting Sen. Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellOvernight Finance: House rejects financial adviser rule; Obama rebukes Sanders on big banks Senators roll out changes to criminal justice bill Sanders is most popular senator, according to constituent poll MORE's (R-Ky.) reelection, is out with a new radio ad attacking Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes on coal.
The ad charges that Obama is waging a "war on coal," and ties Grimes to the president, who is deeply unpopular in Kentucky — as he is nationwide.
"Across Kentucky, thousands of coal jobs are disappearing. Obama's war on coal is hurting whole families and communities. But Obama says he needs more allies in Congress to finish forcing his liberal agenda on our country. That's why here in Kentucky Obama's supporting Alison Grimes," a narrator says in the ad.
Both sides have been lobbing coal-focused attacks back and forth, as the coal industry makes up a significant part of Kentucky's economy.
Grimes has questioned McConnell's commitment to defending coal, while Republicans tie her to Obama and Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who once said "coal makes us sick," at every opportunity.