West Virginian Senator Joe Manchin, who is up for re-election in 2018, said it “wouldn’t be wise” for Hillary Clinton to campaign for him in West Virginia.
During an interview on MSNBC’s “Kasie DC,” Manchin was asked if he was “a dead man walking” after President Trump won his home state by more than 40 points. “I sure don’t think so,” he replied. “I’m just West Virginia, period. It’s not Democrat, Republican to me.”
Asked if he’d like Clinton to campaign for him, Manchin said he didn’t favor the idea:
“It wouldn’t be wise for Hillary to come to West Virginia. It wouldn’t be a good thing for her or for me.”
He characterized Clinton’s comments on coal country during the 2016 presidential election were “very harmful and very hard to justify or say. She made a big mistake and it was wrong.”
In March, 2016, Clinton said “we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” She later said that comment was a “misstatement.”
Manchin campaigned for Clinton during the election and maintained that they’re friends. But said her comments were “horrible.”
Clinton is returning to the campaign trail to stump for Phil Murphy, the Democratic candidate for governor in West Virginia.