March 15, 2016

Clinton’s Coal Crisis Continues

On Sunday night, Secretary Clinton made headlines by declaring, “We’re gonna put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” Despite her campaign’s spin, it’s a position Clinton has long held but not often broadcast. In November, for example, Clinton said:

“I also want to say a special word about coal. We have to move away from coal. Everybody knows that. There’s no doubt about it.”

The comments drew sharp criticism from coal country. Senator Rand Paul said:

“Last night Hillary Clinton said out loud what the national Democrat party has been trying to do quietly for the last eight years,” Paul said. “We cannot continue to elect people from a party that is determined to finish President Obama’s War on Coal and Kentucky jobs. Kentuckians know which party in Washington is trying to destroy their state and industry, and they know I’m fighting for them every single day.”

An America Rising tracker caught up with Clinton in Charlotte, NC on Monday to ask Clinton about her anti-coal agenda:

Making matters worse, Kentucky Attorney General and former Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes claimed that Clinton either lied to her or lied to the American people about her coal position:

“I was very disappointed to hear the comments that came out of the debate,” said Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s secretary of state and a close friend of the Clinton family who received their endorsement during her unsuccessful challenge to McConnell in 2014. “My hope is she’ll have a chance to clarify those comments, comments that as I said were completely out of line with personal conversations that I have had with her.”

Clinton can’t put the genie back in the bottle on this issue, and she will pay dearly for it in coal country come Election Day.