HILLARY CLINTON: I’m the only candidate which has a policy about how to bring economic opportunity using clean renewable energy as the key into coal country. Because we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.
After the remarks Sunday, a Hillary spokeswoman rushed to Mrs. Clinton’s defense.
KRISTINA SCHAKE: She wasn’t very clear about how she said that. But, you know, she’s the one candidate who actually has a plan to help coal miners and their communities transition to clean energy.
So Hillary wants coal workers to lose their jobs and somehow get them new ones for clean energy?
CLINTON: Now, we’ve got to move away from coal and all the other fossil fuels. But I don’t want to move away from the people who did the best they could to produce the energy that we relied on.
SCHAKE: So, she didn’t say it very gracefully but when you really look at her record, and what she’s laid out in this campaign, she’s the one that’s really with coal miners and trying to help them not only get the benefits they’ve earned, but the respect that they deserve.
Later, CNN’s Alisyn Camerota actually wondered if Hillary should have told the truth about laying off coal workers.
CAMEROTA: Governor, there’s this expression, old political expression that you know - a gaffe is defined as when a politician accidentally tells the truth. And so, was it right for her to say, you know, “We’re going to put a lot of coal miners out of business”?
What do you mean right? Would you rather she lie to get elected?