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Bill Travels To Hostile Coal Country

- May 11, 2016

Ahead Of Kentucky's Democrat Primary, Bill Clinton Will Try To Make Voters Forget About Hillary's Pledge To Kill Coal Jobs

TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Today, Bill Clinton will campaign in Kentucky ahead of the state's Democrat primary, attempting to repair the Clinton brand in coal country.
  • On his last trip into the region, Bill was literally booed out of town, with town officials saying that Clinton's "anti-coal messages are the last thing our suffering town needs at this point."
  • "Coal Country" was once a base of support for Hillary Clinton, but as a result of her embrace of Obama's anti-coal policies, she has seen her level of support plummet.
  • Kentuckians have not forgotten Clinton's promise to "put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business."

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Today, Bill Clinton Is Expected To Campaign In Three Different Towns Throughout Kentucky. "Former President Bill Clinton will be campaigning for his wife, Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, on Thursday in Owensboro, Frankfort and Prestonsburg." (Joseph Gerth, "Here's Where Bill Clinton Will Be In Ky. Thursday," The [Louisville, Kentucky] Courier-Journal , 5/11/16)

Bill Clinton's Stops Will Take Him Into The Heart Of Kentucky Coal Country. "The schedule will take Clinton into or near both the eastern and western coalfields of Kentucky where his wife appears likely to struggle following comments this spring that she would be putting lots of coal miners and coal companies out of business - something she said when she was explaining initiatives in to bring diversity to impoverished areas." (Joseph Gerth, "Here's Where Bill Clinton Will Be In Ky. Thursday," The [Louisville, Kentucky] Courier-Journal , 5/11/16)

ONCE A BASE OF SUPPORT, THE CLINTONS ARE NOW BEING BOOED OUT OF COAL COUNTRY

Bill Clinton "Received A Chilly Reception" At A Recent Campaign Stop In Coal Country

At A Campaign Stop In Logan, West Virginia Last Week, Bill Clinton "Received A Chilly Reception While Campaigning For His Wife," Being Heckled And Jeered By Local Attendees. "Former President Bill Clinton on Sunday received a chilly reception in West Virginia while campaigning for his wife, Hillary Clinton. 'I want you to send me to West Virginia,' he said during an event in Logan, W.Va., describing a conversation with the Democratic presidential front-runner. 'I want you to send me to those Native American reservations out there where those good people have nothing because they don't have gambling. I want you to send me to any place in America that feels left out and left behind. That's what I want to do.' Hecklers greeted the former chief executive's remarks with jeers." (Mark Hensch, "Bill Clinton Heckled In W.Va.," The Hill, 5/2/16)

As Clinton Spoke, Protestors Started Booing. CLINTON: "I said, I want you to send me to West Virginia. I want you to send me to those Native American reservations out there where those good people are just have nothing because they don't have gambling. [Crowd starts to shout] I want you to send me to any place in America that feels left out and left behind. That's what I want to do. [Talking about protestors] This is where they start screaming because they don't want to hear this [Crowd boos]. You know, you know, wait, wait. The difference, the difference between us and them is we listen to them." (Bill Clinton, Remarks At A Campaign Event, Logan, WV, 5/1/16)

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"Cheers And Boos Greeted Former President Bill Clinton As He Was Introduced Sunday Afternoon In Logan County." ("Vocal Crowd, Protestors Out For Former President Bill Clinton's Logan County Event," [West Virginia] MetroNews , 5/1/16)

  • Logan Residents "Didn't Exactly Roll Out The Red Carpet" For Bill Clinton's Visit. "Over the weekend, Clinton's most important campaign surrogate -- husband and former President Bill Clinton -- made his way to Logan, West Virginia, a town of less than 2,000 people nestled along the Guyandotte River, where residents didn't exactly roll out the red carpet." (Meredith McGraw, "In West Virginia, Hillary Clinton Says She's 'Sorry' About Reaction To Coal Comments," ABC News, 5/3/16)
  • Logan Was "A Once-Booming Mining Town" Where Many Residents Are "Trying To Find Their Way Forward After The Loss Of Hundreds Of Jobs." "About 60 miles southwest of Charleston, Logan is a once-booming mining town that's reluctantly resigning itself to the idea that King Coal has been dethroned. Residents who made a good living in the mines and in mining-related business are trying to find their way forward after the loss of hundreds of jobs. Some friends have gone to Alaska for mining jobs, said Johnny Conn, 43, of nearby Dingess, who operated mining machinery for 25 before being laid off last year." (Scot Lehigh, Op-Ed, "Trump And Clinton Campaign In Coal Country," The Boston Globe , 5/7/16)

The Week Before Clinton's Logan Visit, Representatives From The City Contacted Clinton Supporter Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) To Say The Clintons Were "Simply Not Welcome In Our Town." "Local news station WVNS reported on Saturday that Logan officials sent Sen. Joe Manchin's (D-W.Va.) office an email last week protesting the Clinton campaign's outreach there. 'Bill and Hillary Clinton are simply not welcome in our town,' they wrote to Mike Browning, a representative in Manchin's office." (Mark Hensch, "Bill Clinton Heckled In W.Va.," The Hill, 5/2/16)

  • Town Officials Said That "Mrs. Clinton's Anti-Coal Messages Are The Last Thing Our Suffering Town Needs At This Point," And That The Policies "Championed By People Like Mrs. Clinton Have All But Devastated Our Fair Town." "Mrs. Clinton's anti-coal messages are the last thing our suffering town needs at this point. The policies that have been championed by people like Mrs. Clinton have all but devastated our fair town, and honestly, enough is enough. We wish them the best in their campaign, however we again state they are not welcome on our city properties. We hope that you will respectfully consider NOT visiting our community. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, 304-xxx-xxxx. I am writing this on behalf of the City Of Logan." ("Logan Officials Message To Clinton Campaign," WOWK, 4/30/16)

Bill Clinton "Struggled To Soothe" Logan Voters, Who Were Not Buying That "A Hillary Clinton Presidency Would Make Their Lives Better." "Of course they are angry. Even Bill Clinton, the master of political empathy, struggled to soothe the wounded voters and re-direct the conversation toward how a Hillary Clinton presidency would make their lives better." (Hoppy Kercheval, "The Faded Clinton Crown In WV And Its Impact On Tomblin, Manchin," [West Virginia] MetroNews, 5/3/16)

The Clintons Are Struggling To Win Support In Coal Country

"The Clinton Name - Once Popular In Coal Country - Is Now A Tough Sell For Voters Whose Local Economies Have Been Devastated By Closing Coal Mines." "The exchange was another sign that the Clinton name -- once popular in coal country -- is now a tough sell for voters whose local economies have been devastated by closing coal mines." (Meredith McGraw, "In West Virginia, Hillary Clinton Says She's 'Sorry' About Reaction To Coal Comments," ABC News, 5/3/16)

Clinton's Support Among "Rural And Working-Class White Voters Has Eroded" Since 2008, When She Relied On Kentucky And West Virginia Voters In The Democrat Primary. "Mrs. Clinton scored resounding victories in Kentucky and West Virginia in 2008. But eight years later, she is marching toward the nomination with a decidedly different coalition, one that has been powered by minority voters, as well as urban and suburban professionals. While Mrs. Clinton's support among rural and working-class white voters has eroded, Mr. Trump has gained traction in largely white and slow-to-diversify areas." (Colleen McCain Nelson and Lauren Meckler, "Clinton Targets Appalachia Votes," The Wall Street Journal, 5/1/16)

"In The 2008 Democratic Primary, Appalachia Was The Heart Of Clinton Country." "In the 2008 Democratic primary, Appalachia was the heart of Clinton country. Hillary Clinton did better against Barack Obama in Kentucky, West Virginia, and Arkansas-her longtime home state-than anywhere else in the nation. She captured more than two-thirds of the Democratic vote in Kentucky and West Virginia in May of that year, landslides that gave her campaign a late jolt and enough momentum to stay in the race for the duration of the primaries." (Russell Berman, "Can Clinton Win Back Appalachia?," The Atlantic, 5/3/16)

  • "Back In 1992, Then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton Won Counties In Appalachia With Over 70 Percent Of The Vote In The General Election." (Meredith McGraw, "Tracking Appalachia's Swing From Hillary Clinton To Donald Trump Country,"ABC News, 5/4/16)

Now, Clinton's Former "Strength" In Appalachia "Seems Hard To Fathom - Even To Her." "Clinton returned to Kentucky on Monday for the start of a two-day bus tour through Appalachia, and her strength there eight years ago now seems hard to fathom-even to her. The white, working-class voters that embraced her message of resilience in 2008 have deserted her for Bernie Sanders in many primaries in 2016; she has relied instead on the African American and Latino voters who preferred Obama in 2008. Clinton has won the cities, but Sanders has trounced her in rural America." (Russell Berman, "Can Clinton Win Back Appalachia?," The Atlantic, 5/3/16)

Clinton's Goal In Coal Country: "Limit Her Losses" And Try To Repair The Damage Done "By Nearly Two Decades Of Neglect From Democratic Policymakers." "Clinton may not need to win Appalachia this fall-she made no grand predictions about her chances on Monday-but her goal is to limit her losses and to begin to repair the damage done not only by her own rhetorical slip but by nearly two decades of neglect from Democratic policymakers." (Russell Berman, "Can Clinton Win Back Appalachia?," The Atlantic, 5/3/16)

As Bill Visits The State, Kentucky Is Suffering Under The Clinton-Obama Energy Agenda

According To A Recent Report From The Kentucky Energy And Environment Cabinet, The State's Coal Industry Lost More Than 1,500 Jobs In The First Quarter Of 2016. "The number of jobs dropped by a little more than 1,500 during the quarter, or 17.9 percent, leaving estimated employment in the industry of 6,900 as of April 1, according to the report by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet." (Bill Estep, "Coal Jobs In Kentucky Fall To Lowest Level In 118 Years," Lexington [Kentucky] Herald Leader, 5/2/16)

  • Kentucky Now Has The Fewest Coal Jobs Since 1898. "The last time the state had so few coal jobs was 1898, when coal employment averaged 6,399, the report said." (Bill Estep, "Coal Jobs In Kentucky Fall To Lowest Level In 118 Years," Lexington [Kentucky] Herald Leader, 5/2/16)
  • "Kentucky's Coal Industry Continued To Hemorrhage Jobs In The First Three Months Of 2016." "Kentucky's coal industry continued to hemorrhage jobs in the first three months of 2016, hitting the lowest total in 118 years, according to a report released Monday." (Bill Estep, "Coal Jobs In Kentucky Fall To Lowest Level In 118 Years," Lexington [Kentucky] Herald Leader, 5/2/16)

The Effects Of Coal's Downturn Have Spread Throughout Kentucky's Economy. "The plunge has decimated an industry that historically underpinned the regional economy, spreading the effects of the downturn. 'Businesses are suffering. People just ain't got the money to spend like they used to,' said Michael Preston of Floyd County, who lost his job as a driller at a surface mine in August 2014 after 16 years in the industry." (Bill Estep, "Coal Jobs In Kentucky Fall To Lowest Level In 118 Years," Lexington [Kentucky] Herald Leader, 5/2/16)

  • Local Governments Are Laying Off Staff And Cutting Services To Adjust To Lost Tax Revenue From Coal. "Some local governments in the region have laid off staff and cut services to deal with the downturn in tax revenue from coal, and schools are grappling with having fewer students and less money as families move away for work." (Bill Estep, "Coal Jobs In Kentucky Fall To Lowest Level In 118 Years," Lexington [Kentucky] Herald Leader, 5/2/16)

Coal Production In Appalachia "Has Dropped 45 Percent Over The Last Decade," And "More Than A Third Of The Region's Mining Jobs Have Vanished." "In Appalachia, coal production has dropped 45% over the last decade, according to the Appalachian Regional Commission. The rising use of natural gas and renewable energy has come at coal's expense. Exports are down too. Since 2011, more than a third of the region's mining jobs have vanished, a devastating loss in towns wholly dependent on coal for survival. Lost tax revenue has forced schools to shut down or lay off teachers, 77 of them here in Boone County." (Michael Finnegan, "Clash Between Trump And Clinton Over Coal Foreshadows A Tough Fight For Her In Battleground States," Los Angeles Times, 5/10/16)

  • Coal Country Has "Some Of The Highest Rates Of Unemployment" In The Country. "Parts of West Virginia, Kentucky, and Virginia have some of the highest rates of unemployment, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, which is only exacerbated by the region's opioid epidemic. West Virginia has the highest drug-overdose death rate in the country, by far, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention." (Meredith McGraw, "Tracking Appalachia's Swing From Hillary Clinton To Donald Trump Country," ABC News, 5/4/16)

The Boston Globe's Scot Lehigh: Until Recently, Coal Jobs "Provided Fat Paychecks" In Appalachia, Sustaining "Families, Towns, And A Commercial Cascade Of Related Industries" In The Region. "Only recently, coal mining provided fat paychecks here. Middle-aged miners, men in their 40s and 50s, regularly took home eighty, ninety, a hundred grand a year. Guys just a few years out of high school could make $50,000, $60,000 even. The mines sustained families, towns, and a commercial cascade of related industries. And now, those mines are steadily laying off workers and closing down." (Scot Lehigh, Op-Ed, "Trump And Clinton Campaign In Coal Country," The Boston Globe , 5/7/16)

Clinton Plans To Double Down On Obama's Anti-Coal Policies

Coal Businesses And Workers Blame "The Downturn On Federal Environmental Rules That Have Played A Key Role In Utilities Closing Coal-Fired Power Plants." "The coal industry blames the downturn on federal environmental rules that have played a key role in utilities closing coal-fired power plants and not building new ones. 'With 262 days left in the Obama presidency, it is all the more critical that the next occupant of the White House have a more positive opinion of coal and its use to power this country's economy,' said Bill Bissett, president of the Kentucky Coal Association." (Bill Estep, "Coal Jobs In Kentucky Fall To Lowest Level In 118 Years," Lexington [Kentucky] Herald Leader, 5/2/16)

Clinton "Has Pledged To Continue Down The Path Of The Obama Administration, Which Has Been Hostile Toward Coal Through The Actions Of The EPA." "So perhaps it can be argued that Manchin and Tomblin are taking the practical approach. But that's a tough political sell, especially after Hillary Clinton said she was going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business-a statement she later retracted and again apologized for Monday-and she has pledged to continue down the path of the Obama administration, which has been hostile toward coal through the actions of the EPA." (Hoppy Kercheval, "The Faded Clinton Crown In WV And Its Impact On Tomblin, Manchin," [West Virginia] MetroNews, 5/3/16)

  • Clinton's Push For Obama's Carbon Emission Regulations Will "Accelerate The Decline Of The Coal Industry." "If Clinton implements Obama's Clean Power Plan, as she has pledged to do, that would indeed accelerate the decline of the coal industry, which is already in trouble because of competition from natural gas." (Ben Adler, "Don't Worry About Clinton Pandering To Coal States," Grist, 5/9/16)
  • The Boston Globe Scot Lehigh: "Obama's Anti-Carbon-Emissions Regulations" Will "Certainly Hasten Coal's Demise." "Her March remark sounded like Clinton's honest projection of coal's current trajectory. That's particularly true if President Obama's anti-carbon-emissions regulations, which were essential for leveraging the international commitments in the Paris climate-change agreement, hold sway. The US Supreme Court has stayed those regulations while their legality is litigated. But if Obama's plan goes forward, it would certainly hasten coal's demise." (Scot Lehigh, Op-Ed, "Trump And Clinton Campaign In Coal Country," The Boston Globe , 5/7/16)

KENTUCKY HAS NOT FORGOTTEN CLINTON'S PLEDGE TO PUT COAL MINERS OUT OF WORK

Months After Clinton's Promise "To Put A Lot Of Coal Miners And Coal Companies Out Of Business," The Remarks Continues To "Haunt" Her

At A March Democrat Town Hall, Clinton Said "We're Going To Put A Lot Of Coal Miners And Coal Companies Out Of Business." CLINTON: "We're going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business." (CNN, Democrat Town Hall, 3/13/16)

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Clinton's Comments Continue "To Haunt Her In Coal Country," "Proving To Be A Painful Thorn In Her Campaign." "While Clinton might have the support of much of West Virginia's political establishment in Tuesday's Democratic primary, the Logan letter reveals the depth of some of the opposition to her candidacy. It's sparked to some degree by a remark that continues to haunt her in coal country, two months after she made it in a March town hall. Referring to the transition to clean energy, Clinton said: 'We're going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.' While Clinton later apologized for the comment, it's proving to be a painful thorn in her campaign." (Daniel Strauss, "Clinton Haunted By Coal Country Comment," Politico, 5/10/16)

  • Politico Headline: "Clinton Haunted By Coal Country Comment" (Daniel Strauss, "Clinton Haunted By Coal Country Comment," Politico, 5/10/16)

Clinton's Pledge "To Kill Coal Miners' Jobs In Favor Of Renewable Energy Continues To Haunt Her." "Bernie Sanders could notch a small victory Tuesday against front-running Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton in West Virginia, where a pledge the former U.S. secretary of state made two months ago to kill coal miners' jobs in favor of renewable energy continues to haunt her." (Emily Ngo, "West Virginia Holds Primaries On Tuesday, Nebraska Has GOP Race," [New York] Newsday , 5/10/16)

Clinton's Anti-Coal Pledge Was Not Well Received By Kentuckians

Alison Lundergan Grimes, Clinton Friend And Kentucky's Democrat Secretary Of State, Said She Was "Very Disappointed" In Clinton's Comments. " '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 [Senator Mitch] 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.'" (Adam Beam and Jonathan Mattise, "Facing Backlash, Clinton Says Coal Still Has A Future," The Associated Press ¸ 3/14/16)

Bill Bissett, President Of The Kentucky Coal Association, Said That Clinton's Comments "Were Insulting To Coal Miners Everywhere." "After reviewing the comments of Hillary Clinton, it is clear to me that anyone who believes in the production and use of coal in this country should have nothing to do with Clinton's campaign to lead this nation. At a time when nearly every coalfield in this country is suffering from the second term of President Barack Obama, Clinton's remarks are insulting to coal miners everywhere. I am especially troubled by her taking credit for ending coal jobs and opportunities by saying, 'We're going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.' If a comment like this one is how you secure a nomination for the Presidency of the United States, then the future for Kentucky and our country is truly bleak. I hope everyone who believes in affordable and reliable electricity listens to Clinton's words and makes their voice heard against her on Election Day. Simply put, if you are for Hillary Clinton, then you are not for coal." (Nathan Lyttle, "Coal Supporters Respond To Clinton's Statement About Putting Coal Miners Out Of Work," WYMT, 3/14/16)

[Bowling Green, Kentucky] Daily News Editorial: Clinton's Comments "Indicate She Is A Carbon Copy of Obama When It Comes To Coal." "So, Clinton wants to put coal miners and coal companies out of business. These words from the Democratic hopeful indicate she is a carbon copy of Obama when it comes to coal. If Clinton had it her way, along with her long list of anti-coal donors and friends, coal would become extinct. That's not an opinion, it's a fact right out of the candidate's mouth." (Editorial, "Clinton's Remarks On Coal Dangerous," [Bowling Green, Kentucky] Daily News , 3/17/16)

  • [Bowling Green, Kentucky] Daily News Editorial: "Democratic Candidates In Coal-Producing States Are Now Running Away From Clinton, For Good Reason . (Editorial, "Clinton's Remarks On Coal Dangerous," [Bowling Green, Kentucky] Daily News , 3/17/16)
  • [Bowling Green, Kentucky] Daily News Editorial: "[Clinton] Is Anti-Coal Through And Through, And If Elected Would Continue To Wage War On The Coal Industry As Obama Has Done For Nearly Eight Years." (Editorial, "Clinton's Remarks On Coal Dangerous," [Bowling Green, Kentucky] Daily News , 3/17/16)

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