The Times West Virginian

West Virginia

July 19, 2008

McCain proposes $2B for clean coal

When Sen. John McCain’s plane landed at the Tri-State Airport in Huntington July 9, it wasn’t because the Republican presidential candidate had any plans to stay long in West Virginia.

Rather, McCain and his staff quickly unloaded from the plane and hopped on his waiting campaign bus, the Straight Talk Express. The bus took the candidate across the Ohio River to a rally in Portsmouth, Ohio, a state that he made clear in an interview along the way he thought was critical in the upcoming presidential election.

“The last president to become successful and not carry the state of Ohio was (John F.) Kennedy,” he said. “Every successful presidential candidate since then has had to carry the state of Ohio.”

Ohio is a tempting prize, with its 20 electoral votes and polls showing McCain running neck and neck with Democratic rival Sen. Barack Obama.

On the other hand, West Virginia, with a meager five electoral votes, isn’t nearly as eye-catching for the candidates. But McCain said it hadn’t been forgotten.

“It is another one of those states that is going to be a battleground state,” he said. “I intend to be there a lot.”

McCain, 71, clinched the GOP nomination for president in March, beating out other candidates who were generally viewed as more politically conservative. He has a reputation as a political maverick, parting with his own party on issues such as global warming, yet also voicing his support for keeping American troops in Iraq.

He didn’t carry West Virginia during the state Republican caucus in February, with the state GOP instead throwing its support behind former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee — although many McCain supporters voted for Huckabee to deny McCain’s one-time rival Mitt Romney, who is the former governor of Massachusetts, a victory in the state. Still, a poll showed McCain with a small but comfortable eight-point lead over Obama among state voters.

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  • Candidates: Leave global warming debate to scientists

    Two West Virginia congressional hopefuls said during their first candidate forum matchup Thursday that the global warming debate is better left to scientists.
    Democrat Nick Casey and Republican Alex Mooney added that other countries should step up in reducing carbon emissions.

    July 24, 2014

  • Lawsuit filed over Dirty Girl Mud Run

    A lawsuit has been filed against the producers of a run that was canceled in Charleston in which participants were told they wouldn’t be issued refunds.

    July 24, 2014

  • WVa. man sues GM over wife's death

    A West Virginia man has filed a lawsuit against General Motors Corp., claiming a defective ignition switch in a Chevrolet Cobalt caused a 2006 accident that killed his pregnant wife.

    July 24, 2014

  • Feds commit to health studies on spilled chemical

    After largely dismissing the possibility of long-term health problems, federal officials will conduct more studies on chemicals that spilled into West Virginia’s largest drinking water supply in January.
    In the next two months, federal health officials are also heading back to West Virginia.

    July 24, 2014

  • Park Service assesses impact of W.Va. attractions

    Four National Park Service attractions in West Virginia drew a total of 1.5 million visitors last year.

    July 23, 2014

  • This weekend's 'Dirty Girl' race canceled

    Organizers of a Charleston running event that was canceled for this weekend says it won’t issue refunds.

    July 23, 2014

  • Reporter heard truck backfiring, not gunshot

    Similar sounds in different circumstances create different reactions. That is so for WVVA reporter Annie Moore, who last Monday told police someone fired a gun at her while she was shooting file footage in the area of a recent murder.

    July 19, 2014

  • Cornhole champions being decided in Charleston

    Cornhole, the strange-sounding game made popular in backyards and at football tailgate parties, is taking on a serious side this week.
    The American Cornhole Organization will crown its world champions as about 380 competitors from 17 states vie for $10,000 in prize money in singles and doubles events.

    July 19, 2014

  • Multi-state distracted driving enforcement planned

    Law enforcement agencies in six states plan participate in a weeklong campaign targeting distracted driving.

    July 18, 2014

  • Female guard accused of having sex with juvenile inmate

    A West Virginia Division of Corrections officer has been charged with having sexual contact with a female juvenile inmate at the Lincoln Detention Center in Wheeling.

    July 18, 2014

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