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Obama taunts Romney over turbine on car statement

UNITED STATES: For the second consecutive day, President Barack Obama has attacked former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney on the issue of wind energy.

Obama, still campaigning in the swing state of Iowa, ridiculed his election opponent by recalling an anti-wind power comment made by Romney in May. Iowa is second only to Texas in terms of wind energy capacity.

Obama said: "During a speech a few months ago, Governor Romney even explained his energy policy this way: ‘You can't drive a car with a windmill on it.' That's what he said about wind power. I wonder if he actually tried that."

It is believed the President was alluding to an infamous incident in which Romney drove from Massachusetts to Ontario with his pet Irish Setter Seamus in a crate that was strapped to the top of the car.

Romney, campaigning in the heart of coal country in Ohio, told a crowd yesterday that Obama has "declared war on coal".

Obama focuses on wind energy

Attacking Romney on wind power is becoming a regular strategy for Obama. Last week he told potential voters Romney's anti-production tax tariff stance could cost jobs.

"Right now home-grown energy, things like wind energy, are creating new jobs all across states like Iowa. Governor Romney wants to end tax breaks for wind energy producers."

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