TAMPA, Fla. ( TheStreet) -- More than 10 blocks from the Republican National Convention, freight railroad giant CSX (CSX - Get Report) is welcoming delegations from various U.S. states with old passenger cars.
Coal, which CSX is the largest transporter of on the East Coast, has seized a central role in the 2012 election, but it would be unwise to assume that the company is in Tampa this week to garner coal sympathizers.
"We certainly support a balanced energy policy that includes coal; our chairman speaks pretty eloquently about that in each of our quarterly earnings about all of our markets," said Gary Sease, CSX's spokesman, as he sits on a cushy chair inside a restored passenger train the company used to run before Amtrak became the predominant transporter in the 1970s.
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