In West Virginia, Hillary Clinton Says She's 'Sorry' About Reaction to Coal Comments

Clinton is on a two-day campaign swing through coal country.

At a campaign event in Williamson, West Virginia, on Monday evening, Bo Copley, who identified himself as an out-of-work coal miner, poignantly asked Clinton "how you can say you’re going to put a lot of coal miners out of -- out of jobs and then come in here and tell us how you’re going to be our friend.

"Because those people out there don’t see you as a friend," Copley said, referring to protesters who had gathered outside the Williamson Health and Wellness Center.

“What I said was totally out of context from what I meant,” Clinton told Copley, “because I have been talking about helping coal country for a very long time.”

She called her comment at the CNN town hall a “misstatement.”

“What I was saying is that, the way things are going now, we will continue to lose jobs,” she said. “That’s what I meant to say.”

She added, “I do feel a little bit sad and sorry that I gave folks the reason or the excuse to be so upset with me because that is not what I intended at all.”

“Bill and Hillary Clinton are simply not welcome in our town,” the email message said. “Mrs. Clinton’s anti-coal messages are the last thing our suffering town needs at this point.”

Allen, who said he sent the message on behalf of the City of Logan, explained to ABC News that the “intention was not to stop the event. They just wanted to send a message.”

Sen. Manchin, who was on hand to introduce the former president at Logan Middle School on Sunday, was interrupted by boos and protests from the audience.

“I understand; I feel the pain, guys,” the Democratic senator said. “Bill and Hillary Clinton can carry the suffering that we’ve got.”

He added, “The economy is horrible, and we’re fighting every day to change that,” specifically blaming President Obama and his energy policies.

“This state’s not that different from the one I grew up in,” he said, referring to Arkansas.

On stage, Clinton said he told his wife, “I want you to send me to West Virginia," to send him to "any place in America that feels left out and left behind.”

At an event earlier Monday in Ashland, Kentucky, Clinton said she wanted her husband to "come out of retirement” to help her come up with a manufacturing and jobs plan if she wins the White House.

"I’ve told my husband he’s got to come out of retirement and be in charge of this because, you know, he’s got more ideas a minute than anybody I know,” Clinton said.

ABC’s Liz Kreutz contributed to this report.

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