Clinton Apologizes to Coal Country Over 'Out of Business' Comments - NBC 7 San Diego
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Clinton Apologizes to Coal Country Over 'Out of Business' Comments

Hillary Clinton called her comments a "misstatement"

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    Hillary Clinton, in a rare candid moment on the trail, apologized to a man who confronted her over comments made earlier this year about putting coal miners "out of business."

    Bo Copley, a West Virginian who recently lost his job at a coal company, teared up as he told the former secretary of state that he didn't know how to explain his situation or her comments to his young children. Seated beside his wife, Copley slid over a photo of his kids to Clinton, who was seated a just few feet from him at the community round-table discussion, NBC News reported.

    He questioned how she could say what she said at a CNN forum in March — "We're going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business" — and then "come in here and tell us how you're going to be our friend."

    Clinton then engaged in a very frank conversation about her comments, apologizing repeatedly and calling her comments a "misstatement."