Pence on racism
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.