Monday, May 23, 2016

Cruz in Iowa vs. Clinton in West Virginia: A Lesson in How to Stay Principled Without Losing Support

Normally at this point in the election cycle I wouldn’t write anything about Texas Sen. Ted Cruz since he dropped out of the presidential race, but because I can make a point about him and Hillary Clinton—who’s still running—I’ll ask you to forgive me.
Last week Ms. Clinton lost the West Virginia primary to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. She didn’t just lose; she lost badly. Mr. Sanders walked away with 51 percent of the vote. Ms. Clinton got just under 36 percent of the vote.
And despite Ms. Clinton’s continuous reminders that she’s a woman running to be the first woman president, she didn’t even win West Virginia women. She only got 38 percent of the women’s vote and 35 percent of the men’s vote. Mr. Sanders, meanwhile, won 53 percent of men and 50 percent of women.
It is believed that Ms. Clinton’s downfall in the state had much to do with her attitude and comments toward coal jobs. Ms. Clinton won the Mountain State over then-Sen. Barack Obama in 2008, but thanks to her comments and the Obama administration’s perceived “war on coal,” voters in the state are skeptical.
During a campaign event in early May, an unemployed coal worker named Bo Copely asked Ms. Clinton: “How you could say you are going to put a lot of coal miners out of jobs, and then come in here and tell us how you’re going to be our friend?”
Ms. Clinton apologized for her earlier remark, but the damage had been done. Unfortunately for Ms. Clinton, she got a taste of what Republican candidates get all the time—a remark taken out of context and used against a candidate. In this case, Ms. Clinton had made a comment about coal during a March CNN town hall. Journalist Roland Martin had asked her why poor white people should vote for her.
Read the rest of this op-ed HERE.

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