Bill Clinton, President Obama Reach Out to Coal Miners in Convention Speeches

Jul 28, 2016

Hillary Clinton speaks with an unemployed coal miner in Williamson.

For a state that's already assumed to be firmly in Donald Trump's camp, West Virginia has received a lot of attention at the Democratic National Convention.

First, Bill Clinton's speech mentions the angry reception he and his wife received in West Virginia during the primary.

"She sent me, in this primary, where she knew we going to lose, to look those coal miners in the eye and say, 'I'm down here because Hillary sent me to tell you that if you really think you get the economy you had back 50 years ago, have at it, but if she wins, she's coming back for you to take you on a ride to America's future.'"

Then, President Obama said coal miners need to be part of the conversation about climate change.

"If you want to fight climate change, we've got to engage not only young people on college campuses, we've got to reach out to the coal miner who's worried about taking care of his family, the single mom worried about gas prices."

On this week's Front Porch podcast, Scott Finn and Rick Wilson discuss why coal miners and West Virginia are still on the minds of national Democratic speakers - and whether West Virginia will ever go for a Democrat for president again in our lifetimes.

Subscribe to "The Front Porch" podcast on iTunes or however you listen to podcasts.

An edited version of “The Front Porch” airs Fridays at 4:50 p.m. on West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s radio network, and the full version is available above.

Share your opinions with us about these issues, and let us know what you'd like us to discuss in the future. Send a tweet to @radiofinn or @wvpublicnews, or e-mail Scott at sfinn @ wvpublic.org

The Front Porch is underwritten by The Charleston Gazette Mail, providing both sides of the story on its two editorial pages. Check it out: http://www.wvgazettemail.com/