WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — There was very little political sparring at a forum on the U.S. Senate race Thursday at the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s business summit. Both Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito and Secretary of State Natalie Tennant mainly focused on their already stated campaign themes. 

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Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, left, and Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, right, took questions Thursday from Chamber moderator Scott Rotruck.

Both focused some comments on the federal EPA and the situation with West Virginia coal. Capito said the uncertainty in Washington is the problem.

“Businesses like yours need certainty in order to plan for the future. You need to know the rules of the road and have confidence that unelected bureaucrats in Washington won’t suddenly change things,” Capito said.

Tennant, in asking for the support of those in the large crowd, urged business leaders to review her job and energy plans. She said efforts need to concentrate on advancing clean coal technology. She said there’s $8 billion in a federal loan program for clean coal that’s just sitting there.

“Instead of letting this money go to waste we should be investing in it directly and it wouldn’t cost taxpayers an extra dime,” she said. “So make no mistake, we can afford to make advanced coal technology a reality, we can’t afford not to.”

Tennant said the upcoming election is not about the White House, President Obama or Sen. Harry Reid but it’s about West Virginia and that will be her top priority.

“It’s not enough for us to continue to say ‘no’ to the EPA and ‘no’ to the President and that’s why we take a look at my coal and energy jobs agenda—because we have to have solutions, we have to have answers,” Tennant said.

The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce has endorsed Congresswoman Capito during her seven congressional elections and she asked members for their support again.

“I can and will provide that certainty that’s missing,” Capito said. “You will not have to guess or hope where I will be on any issue.”

The business summit will shift its focus on the First and Second District congressional races Friday.

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Comments

  • Jim

    This democrat is voting for Shelley. I have had to deal with Tennant in the past. She is a snob. Thinks she is better than everyone around her. She is your typical liberal democrat who thinks you should be just like her. I would not let her watch my dogs why would I vote for her.

    • bob

      This Republican is voting for Tennant.

      I am very disappointed in Shelly. She has not been an effective congresswoman. I hate to do it but I think she gotta go.

  • Daniel

    I'm curious why metronews only posted the comments made by Tennant. Hmmm!!! Surely there isn't any bias against Republican candidates...is there? One would think that after nearly 100 years of letting Democraps run this great state into the ground, they would like to see a bit of change. Guess not, as long as the welfare checks keep coming! Sad, but true!

  • freetheweed

    I don't believe either one of them is for medical cannabis so they are both more of the same old same old keeping WV in the dark ages.

    • Charlie Don't Surf

      Hey weed,

      Looks like you should move to Colorado or Washington State then............

    • Jason412

      Freetheweed,

      John Buckley, the Libertarian candidate, supports ending the War on Drugs. I'm not sure of his stance on legalizing marijuana, but I would guess he supports it, but I could be wrong.

  • David

    Tennant thinks you spending your money is wasting it but her and harry Reid spending it is investing in the future.
    When the truth is she is bankrupting my 10 year old grandchildren!

  • Jim N Charleston

    If Natalie ever has to haul tail, it will take 2 trips at least. And every one knows she's a pinko commie, but Barbie nor Elle Woods would be caught dead wearing that much pink at a debate.

    There hasn't been a worse US Senate candidacy in WV since the one with that guy who writes letters to his own paper criticizing OL & WVU Athletics.

    All I got
    I'm Jim N Nags Head
    L8

  • Mark

    Of course the election is about the national Democratic leadership. A Republican Senate will literally mean doing away with an insidious EPA and reducing the power of an administration that HATES fossil fuels. These natural resources power the nation and provide thousands of jobs in the coal, gas, and oil industry in WV. At best, Tennant would attempt a compromise with Reid, Obama, and company. It could have a dramatic impact on the courts where gay marriage has become the law of the land.

  • College Ave

    Ms. Tennant says this election isn't about the president or Harry Reid. Well, sure it is. No ambitious young politician who wants to rise in the party ranks is going to part company with leadership.

  • Harper's Ferry

    Tomato, tomata. There's no difference between the two. They both, literally, look like rhinos and they both will end up screwing WV.

  • Stan the Man

    Capito has already proven herself to be good for WV. Tennant is just another democrat puppet.

  • Silas Lynch

    One striking difference between the two candidates, Shelly, the more advanced in age of the two, has a better set of gams and appears the fitter of the two....

  • Gary Keiffer

    PEOPLE PLEASE VOTE REPUBLICAN. DO YOU WANT OBAMA TO KEEP GOING UNCHECKED ON COAL AND THE EPA. DO YOU WANT TO KEEP HARRY REID IN POWER. THIS ELECTION ISN'T ABOUT PARTY ITS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF WEST VIRGINIA AND THE WHOLE COUNTRY. WE NEED CAPITO, JENKINS AND MOONEY IN OFFICE. ITS TIME TO CROSS PARTY LINES FOR OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN.

  • thornton

    The chairs appear large.

  • george

    EXCUSE ME; HOW CAN TENNANT SAY THAT THE ELECTION IS NOT ABOUT OBAMA OR HARRY REID? you had better consider Washington as this is the real problem not only with coal but we are getting ready for possible military strikes and our president is away on a democratic fund raiser. She supported him and still does.......

    • Dumb Liberals

      George, that lets you know Tennant resides in fairy tale land. Be careful or she will put her handler on you - the toilet bowl captain. He's a general turd.

  • Chef Camille

    Is that Capito lady an italian?

  • Ron - from Morgantown

    The latest internal polls are interesting , David M is up double digits. SMC is up 9 . And here is the surprise , Nick Rahall is UP 6 . That one surprised me . Also Casey is in a dead heat .