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Capito focuses on Clinton threat in convention speech

Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register photo by Mark J. Terrill of The Associated Press  Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R- W.V., speaks during the second day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Tuesday, July 19, 2016.
Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register photo by Mark J. Terrill of The Associated Press
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R- W.V., speaks during the second day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Tuesday, July 19, 2016.

WHEELING, W.Va. — Sen. Shelley Moore Capito told a nationwide audience Tuesday night Hillary Clinton knows as much about coal miners in West Virginia as she does “about secure emails.”

Capito, West Virginia’s freshman senator, addressed delegates at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland during a coveted primetime spot on Tuesday’s schedule. She spoke of the challenges to West Virginia’s economy as the Obama administration has imposed regulations to reduce and eliminate carbon emissions, forcing the closure of many coal-fired power plants.

She also told the crowd these policies would continue if Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, is elected.

“I weep for the fabric of my state,” Clinton said. “These men and women take pride in their highly skilled and good-paying jobs that provide for their families and support their communities. They work tirelessly to power America. These people are the backbone of our country, and Hillary Clinton is promising to put them out of work? …

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