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Capito at RNC: 'I Weep for the Fabric of My State'

Mark J. Terrill
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West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito speaking during the 2016 Republican National Covention in Cleveland.

West Virginia Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito took center stage at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland Tuesday night delivering a keynote address.

Capito started her speech by recognizing the recovery efforts in her home state after historic floods ripped through West Virginia in late June, devastating several communities.

From flooding Capito turned to attacks aimed at the presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton.

The majority of her speech focused on the state's declining coal industry and the impact on dependent communities. Capito attacked President Obama's environmental regulations and Clinton's previous statements about coal, saying she would put thousands more Americans out of work including West Virginia coal miners.

"These men and women take pride in their highly skilled and good paying jobs that provide for their families and support their communities," she said. "They work tirelessly to power America. West Virginia workers are the backbone of this economy and Hillary Clinton is promising to put them out of work?"

Capito referred to comments Clinton made during a town hall meeting in Ohio earlier this year. Clinton apologized for those comments shortly after the event, saying later during a campaign stop in West Virginia that her remarks were taken out of context.

From her focus on coal, Capito shifted to attacks that mimicked that of many other speakers over the course of the two nights of the event, focused on a private email server Clinton used during her time as Secretary of State. 

Capito spoke following two of Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump's children, Tiffany Trump and Donald Trump Jr.

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