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On the television show “Fox and Friends” Wednesday morning U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito responded to Natalie Tennant’s statement that she would stand up to the President regarding the use of Coal in West Virginia.

“Where do they think their electricity comes from?” Tennant asks in her most recent ad, where the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate shuts off the power to the White House. The ad is the first from a U.S. Senate candidate in West Virginia ahead of the November general election.

Capito fired back at Tennant for being “hand in glove with the president,” and she held her accountable by pointing out that Tennant didn’t just campaign for Obama in 2008; she supported him again in 2012 despite his infamous War on Coal.

Capito emphasized that Tennant also defended Obama’s anti-coal policies, donated to his inauguration in 2013 and was endorsed by Michelle Obama, who said Tennant’s election was “critical.”

“She supported the president in 2008,” Capito stated on “Fox and Friends.” “When we were bleeding jobs she doubled down and supported him again in 2012. She gave to his inauguration in 2013. Now we see this hypocritical ad that’s being funded by anti-coal supporters of hers … West Virginians, we’re smarter than that. We can see through that.”

Tennant, who appeared on “Fox and Friends” the day before, admitted she campaigned for Obama.

“Yes, I did campaign for the president in 2008,” Tennant said. “I’m disappointed and I’m hurt with the way he is reacting to West Virginia. This is about me and Shelley Moore Capito and West Virginia, because I don’t answer to the president.”

Moore said she didn’t buy Tennant’s change of heart, and said, “She (Tennant) was in New York with Michelle Obama, who basically said we need Natalie Tennant to further the president’s agenda. What is the president’s agenda? It’s we’re losing jobs in West Virginia every day because of his energy policies; we have lost confidence in his leadership. In order to make a change, we need to change the Senate, and part of that is electing me to the United States Senate.”

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