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The EPA’s new rule to drastically curb carbon pollution is now playing a key role in the Virginia Senate race.

It was no secret at the Capitol the EPA was getting ready to roll out its new rule to limit carbon emissions. But that doesn't mean incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Warner is ready to take a stance.

"What I requested of the administration was to give appropriate time for comment, a full 120 days, rather than 60 days," Warner says. "They did that, and that's just the beginning of the process."

If you talk with Warner’s opponent in the general election, you hear a much different tune. Republican challenger Ed Gillespie, a former advisor to President George W. Bush, says Warner’s just using the public comment period for cover.

"It’s typical of Senator Warner. He's unwilling to stand up for our coal miners in Virginia the way I would as senator, and I'll stand up not only for those miners but for their families and the small businesses that rely on them and also for everybody who pays an electric," Gillespie says.

With the debate over so-called Obamacare taking a backseat of late, Republicans are honing in on energy policy ahead of November. And it's already dividing a Democratic Party that's scrambling to hold onto one chamber of Congress.

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