CNN host Alisyn Camerota on Monday suggested that Hillary Clinton should have not told the complete truth when she said that coal miners would lose their jobs as fossil fuels were phased out in favor of green energy.
During Sunday night’s Democratic Presidential Town Hall, Clinton was asked why poor whites who usually vote Republican should consider voting for her.
Clinton asserted that she was the only candidate who had a plan to use clean energy to as the key to bring economic opportunity into coal country.
“Because we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business,” she explained. “And we’re going to make it clear that we don’t want to forget those people. Those people labored in those mines for generations, losing their health, often losing their lives to turn out our lights and power our factories.”
“Now, we’ve got to move away from coal,” the candidate continued, “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.”
Although pundits have often criticized Clinton for having an “honesty problem,” CNN’s Camerota told former Florida Sen. Bob Graham (D) that she may have been “too honest” in this case.
“There was a moment in last night’s town hall where Hillary Clinton talked about the future of coal miners and some people felt that she might have been a little too honest,” Camerota opined. “There’s this old political express that a gaffe is defined when a politician accidentally tells the truth. And so, was it right for her to say, we’re going to put a lot of coal miners out of business?”
Graham pointed out that Clinton was recognizing the reality that the energy sector was in a “period of transition.”
“It’s just that Republicans could seize on that,” Camerota argued, noting that Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R) had condemned Clinton’s remarks in a tweet.
Graham declared that he was confident that most people would respond positively to Clinton’s remarks because he said that “leadership” is telling people the truth about the “reality of the transitions through which this country is going.”
Watch the video below from CNN’s , broadcast March 14, 2016.