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. Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign criticized Grimes for not mentioning coal and questioned her commitment to the state's coal industry.
Grimes spokeswoman Charly Norton said Grimes never planned to talk about coal in her speech. She said Grimes spoke with Reid privately at the fundraiser about coal.
Grimes and McConnell both have repeatedly voiced their opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency's new emission standards for coal-fired power plants.
Kentucky is the nation's third-largest coal producer.