Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Capito Speaker at RNC ; Senator to Highlight 'Issues That Matter' to West Virginians

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Capito Speaker at RNC ; Senator to Highlight 'Issues That Matter' to West Virginians

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Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., will speak on the second night of the Republican National Convention next week, the event that will officially launch Donald Trumps general election campaign for the presidency. Capito will speak Tuesday in the 10 p.m. hour of the convention, about West Virginias story, the economy and other issues, spokeswoman Ashley Berrang said. She will use this opportunity to highlight issues that matter to West Virginians on a national stage.

Capito is one of only six Republican U.S. senators scheduled to speak at the convention in Cleveland, according to a tentative list of speakers released by the Republican National Committee.

At least twice that many Republican senators are skipping the convention entirely, as the party prepares to nominate the most unpopular presidential candidate in modern history, according to polling averages. Trump has called for a religious test to enter the United States and said a federal judge is unqualified to serve because of his ethnicity.

In Hillary Clinton, the Democrats are nominating the second-most unpopular presidential candidate in modern history, according to polling averages.

Republican Reps. Evan Jenkins and Alex Mooney, both of West Virginia, also will attend the convention, their offices said. West Viriginia Republican Rep. David McKinley did not respond to a request for comment on his convention plans.

Sen. Joe Manchin, the states lone congressional Democrat, will attend the first two days of the Democratic convention, at the end of July in Philadelphia, but not the final two days, a spokesman said.

Capitos speaking slot concludes a primary cycle in which she initially was tentative to get behind Trump but has been firmly supportive since he secured the Republican nomination.

Of West Virginias four Republican members of Congress, only Mooney, who chaired Texas Sen. Ted Cruzs presidential campaign in West Virginia, ever publicly supported a candidate other than Trump.

Capito, Jenkins and McKinley essentially sat out the primary and supported Trump after he had clinched the nomination. …

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