By Cameron Joseph - 09/12/13 01:09 PM EDT
The ad then plays a clip of McAuliffe saying "I never want another coal plant built" before promising that "as governor, Ken Cuccinelli will fight to protect Virginia coal and Virginia families."
Coal is a particularly salient issue in Appalachian southwest Virginia, where it's a major industry.
Cuccinelli has slipped behind McAuliffe in recent polling, though both candidates have their own struggles dealing with controversies. Cuccinelli recently sent $18,000 to charity, the amount he'd received from a GOP donor with business in front of the state, while McAuliffe continues to face questions about a clean energy car company he founded.