By Zack Colman - 10/02/12 10:22 PM EDT
A new Obama campaign ad slams GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney for using footage of coal miners who said they were forced to attend a Romney rally — without pay — that was later featured in one the GOP nominee's TV spots.
Opening with a shot of the Romney campaign ad, the Obama commercial says, “Seen the coal miners in these ads? Turns out they were told that attendance at Mitt Romney's rally was 'mandatory.' Their mine was closed, lost the pay they needed—all to be props in Romney's commercial.”
West Virginia radio station WWVA 1170 first reported in August that Pepper Pike, which owns the Ohio mine where Romney held the rally referenced in the Obama ad, told employees attendance was mandatory and unpaid.