AEHQ: Candidates Duel on Energy Policy

The focus for both sides on the campaign trail on Tuesday was energy.  Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney kicked things off with a campaign stop in coal country - Ohio.

FOX News Radio's Jennifer Keiper was in Beallsville with Romney:

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Wearing his hard-hat and his face and hands covered in coal dust, a miner here in Beallsville tells FOX News Radio that he only recently started following this race; says he stuck around after his shift to listen to Mitt Romney because:

(Miner) "He's gonna save all the coal jobs.  That's what I want to hear."

What the former Massachusetts Governor promises the crowd:

(Romney) "We will have North American energy independence.  We won't have to buy oil from Venezuela and the Middle East.  We're gonna be independent."

As Romney attacks President Obama's energy policy, the President says Romney is no friend to green energy.

In Beallsville, Ohio, Jennifer Keiper, FOX News Radio.

Indeed, the President's message was that Romney is no friend to green energy, which is what he told a crowd during a campaign stop in Iowa.

FOX News Radio's Jared Halpern has more:

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On Day 2 of the Hawkeye State swing, the President's bus, making a stop at a wind farm in central Iowa.

(President Obama) "Fifty-two turbines that harvest enough wind power to power an estimated 30,000 Iowa homes in a way that is clean and renewable."

President Obama, pointing out the 7,000 jobs in Iowa - and 75,000 across the country - created by the wind energy.  It's a police in sharp contrast with his Republican rival - Mitt Romney, supporting an end to tax credits for wind energy.  The President, calling to scrap subsidies for oil companies.

Jared Halpern, FOX News Radio.