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Clinton letter to Manchin: I was mistaken in coal remarks
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton arrives to a cheering crowd at an election night event at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., Tuesday, March 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Hillary Clinton letter to Manchin: I was mistaken about coal

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Hillary Clinton has sent Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin a letter saying she was mistaken in her recent comments about coal.

On national television Sunday, Clinton declared she was going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business. It provided a soundbite for Republicans who made historic gains in Appalachia running against President Barack Obama’s energy policies.

Clinton was touting her plan released last year to put $30 billion toward protecting the health benefits of coal miners and their families.

Spokesman Jonathan Kott says Manchin was extremely upset and followed up directly with Clinton, her senior advisers and President Bill Clinton.

In the letter dated Tuesday, the Democratic presidential candidate mentions plans to revitalize coal communities and bring jobs to Appalachia, especially in carbon capture technology.

Manchin has endorsed Clinton.

In related news, Facing backlash, presidential candidate says coal still has a future.

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