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Billionaire Democrat Jim Justice Won't Support Hillary

Billionaire Democrat Jim Justice Won't Support Hillary

Jim Justice (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

By    |   Monday, 22 August 2016 02:06 PM

A billionaire Democrat and coal mine owner who's running for governor in West Virginia said Monday that he won't support Hillary Clinton in her White House bid because of her environmental policies.

In an interview Monday on MetroNews's radio show "Talkline," Jim Justice declared the Democratic presidential nominee's positions will hurt the coal industry.

"I cannot be a supporter of Hillary Clinton," Justice said. "The reason I can't be is her position on coal is diametrically, completely wrong in many, many different ways."

"My reason that I ran for governor was not the presidential race, my reason I ran for governor is West Virginia and our people in West Virginia," Justice added.

He did not say who'd he vote for president instead.

Clinton triggered a firestorm of criticism across coal-dependent regions in May when she said that under her presidency, "we're going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business," later explaining it was a "misstatement." 

But she has pledged to double down on President Barack Obama's environmental policies, including regulations harmful to the coal industry like the Clean Power Plan, The Hill notes

Justice, however, is optimistic about coal's future in the state.

"Everybody had their heads stuck in the sand and said, 'It's over,'" he said.

"I'm the one that said, 'Wait a minute. Full stop. I'm not willing to give up on our miners. Full stop.' I'm the one that said, 'Really and truly, I believe there's good days in front of us as far as the metallurgical market.'"

"I'm a coal guy," Justice pledged, calling GOP claims that he supported Clinton "completely crazy" and allegations that he donated money to President Obama "absolutely wrong."

Justice is running against GOP state Sen. Bill Cole in the gubernatorial race. The only billionaire in West Virginia, he purchased the Greenbrier Resort in 2009.

Polling predicts Clinton will lose West Virginia by a significant margin to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

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A billionaire Democrat and coal mine owner who's running for governor in West Virginia said Monday that he won't support Hillary Clinton in her White House bid because of her environmental policies.
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