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Report: Grimes did not talk coal in DC speech

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 10, 2014 at 1:57 pm •  Published: June 10, 2014

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes did not mention coal in a speech at a Washington fundraiser with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, according to a recording obtained by Politico.

Grimes' campaign said last week she planned to use the event to demand the Senate take action to invest in clean coal technology. But when she did not mention coal in her speech, Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign questioned Grimes' commitment to the coal industry.

Grimes campaign spokeswoman Charly Norton said Grimes did not break her promise because she spoke to Reid privately about the issue. Reid said in a statement that Grimes has spoken with him many times about her opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency's new emission standards for coal-fired power plants.