Pence on racism

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GOP White House hope­ful Don­ald Trump gives a speech at a frack­ing con­fer­ence in Pitts­burgh on Thurs­day.

GOP vice pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Mike Pence said U.S. so­ci­ety should “set aside talk” of in­sti­tu­tional racism af­ter more po­lice killings of black men.

Pence told a group of evan­gel­i­cal church lead­ers Thurs­day in Colorado Springs, Colo., that re­cent po­lice shoot­ings in Ok­la­homa and North Carolina re­quire pub­lic of­fi­cials to “speak with com­pas­sion” and as­sure that “jus­tice will be served.”

But he added that “Don­ald Trump and I both be­lieve that there’s been far too much of this talk of in­sti­tu­tional bias or racism in law en­force­ment.” Pence said that “we ought to set aside this talk,” which he called “the rhetoric of di­vi­sion.” lot of coal min­ers and coal com­pa­nies out of busi­ness,” though she was mark­ing a larger point about tak­ing care of work­ers left be­hind by the chang­ing econ­omy.

“She’s not only de­clared war on the min­ers but on all oil and nat­u­ral gas pro­duc­tion,” Trump said.

Trump said Clin­ton would dev­as­tate Penn­syl­va­nia, Ohio and West Vir­ginia, “where shale en­ergy and coal pro­duc­tion are crit­i­cal parts of the econ­omy.” He said Clin­ton would also hurt the econ­omy in other pres­i­den­tial bat­tle­ground states — Florida, Vir­ginia, North Carolina — by killing their ac­cess to off-shore drilling.

Frack­ing uses drilling and mas­sive amounts of high-pres­sure water to ex­tract gas. It has drawn con­tro­versy from those wor­ried about chem­i­cals pol­lut­ing ground­wa­ter. New York Gov. An­drew Cuomo an­nounced a ban on the prac­tice in his state in 2014.

Trump is count­ing on his sup­port for frack­ing to help him in key states with large shale re­serves and num­bers of blue-col­lar vot­ers.

Clin­ton had sup­ported frack­ing, launch­ing the Global Shale Gas Ini­tia­tive as sec­re­tary of state to pro­mote the in­dus­try in other coun­tries. But, fac­ing a tough Demo­cratic pri­mary chal­lenge from Sen. Bernie San­ders of Ver­mont, who strongly op­posed frack­ing, she added tough re­stric­tions to her stance. She said in a March de­bate that she would give lo­cal­i­ties the fi­nal say, add reg­u­la­tions re­quir­ing more dis­clo­sure and op­pose frack­ing when there is ev­i­dence of water con­tam­i­na­tion.

Trump said in July that he sup­ports hy­draulic frac­tur­ing but of­fered a po­si­tion that mir­rored that of many Democrats, call­ing for vot­ers to de­cide at the state and lo­cal level.

EVAN VUCCI/AP

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