UPDATE 7/19/16 @ 11 p.m.
CLEVELAND (WSAZ) -- U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., delivered some fiery words Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
Capito said Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton "understands coal workers about as well as she understands secure emails."
Capito appeared just hours after Republican nominee Donald Trump's official nomination as candidate. Earlier Tuesday, Capito referred to the speech as the biggest of her career.
During her presentation, she said it's time to "turn the tide" to a government that respects the Constitution and protects jobs. She told the convention that she wants a president and policies that are going to put the country back to work.
Capito was quick to point out the Obama administration's impact on coal workers and the economy in West Virginia, and how Clinton will continue in that direction.
"A day in the life of a coal miner and a day in the life of Hillary Clinton could not be more different," she said.
Capito added that she was tired of "a cycle of pessimism and disgust" and hoped that the government can go back to respecting the life of rural America.
She told convention goers that since 2011, nearly 60,000 coal employees have lost their jobs.
ORIGINAL STORY 7/19/16 @ 9:03 p.m.
CLEVELAND (Gray TV/D.C. Bureau) – U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., is getting ready for a big moment Tuesday night – speaking at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
Gray TV Washington correspondent Kellie Meyer caught up with her just hours before she walks out onto the stage.
Here’s a look at their conversation:
Kellie: “That’s right, we’re here with Shelley Moore Capito and you have a big speech coming up tonight - just tell us how you’re feeling and how this moment is for you.”
Capito: “Well I am very excited it’s going to be the biggest speech I have ever made in my life. It’s obvious millions of people will be watching it’s a live audience, lots of West Virginians there, very close to where I am going to be speaking so I am very excited. I am excited for the state I get to talk about West Virginia and the future of our country.”
Kellie: “And what is that message that you hope to get across tonight?”
Capito: “You know the message I want to get across is that there are a lot of people hurting across the country, particularly where I am and we feel sort of kind of ridden over and I feel like we want a president and policies that are going to get us back to work that are going to keep us in our homes and let us buy homes and educate our children there’s a lot of pessimism around that that doesn’t exist. Obviously we lost a lot of coal miners we’re going to talk coal miners because they are really the back bone of our country.”
Kellie: “And you know just a big night for you here tonight, you are going to be going up there you said after Donald Trump Jr. and you said this is the biggest thing you’ve done to date, have you been at conventions before here?
Capito: “I’ve been to conventions and I certainly have recollections of watching them as a little girl and it’s no different today there is a lot of excitement - you know I’m just hoping I break a leg, so to speak.”