When Mitt Romney declared during his first debate with President Obama that “I like coal,” it caused Senator John Kerry to cock his ear because it didn’t quite ring true with his understanding of the Republican presidential nominee’s record. This past week, when Romney again expressed his affinity for the coal industry during their second debate, Obama pounced. Chalk up one victory for Kerry’s role as Romney’s stand-in during the president’s debate preparation sessions. The work yielded a public payoff.
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