CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Maj. General Allen Tackett says he simply “misspoke” and was “trying to defuse the situation” when he told a coal miner in Logan County Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, supported President Barack Obama on “most of his policies.”

“Natalie doesn’t support most of Obama’s policies. She supports the things that are good for the people of West Virginia,” Tackett, the chair for the Tennant for U.S. Senate campaign, said on Wednesday’s MetroNews “Talkline” as he tried to explain his comment.

The exchange between Tennant, Tackett and the coal miner were captured on video Saturday by a tracker following Tennant on the campaign trail and posted to YouTube on Monday.

On the video, Tennant is asked repeatedly why she supported President Obama during his two Presidential campaigns. At one point, Tackett jumps in to say, “Because on most of his policies and stuff, she supports (him).”

In retrospect, Tackett retracted that statement.

“They were right up in Natalie’s face and becoming very obnoxious. They kept saying, ‘Why do you support Obama? Why do you support Obama?’ I just tried to come to her defense and I made the statement, ‘Well, because she supports some of the policies’ and I misspoke,” Tackett said.

“(I said it) Just in the heat of the moment, just trying to defuse the situation.”

But those with Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito’s (R-W.Va.) U.S. Senate campaign have a different take.

“Natalie Tennant might not be willing to tell the truth about her strong support of Obama and his policies, but her campaign chair is,” Amy Graham, spokesperson for the Capito campaign, told The Charleston Daily Mail earlier this week.

“The more Natalie Tennant tries to dodge her record of defending Obama’s anti-coal agenda, the more voters will see just how wrong she is for West Virginia.”

The full video is available here.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

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Comments

  • PhotoBoothe

    How do you know a RepubliCON is lying...?
    Their lips move...
    http://blogs.wvgazette.com/coaltattoo/2014/08/07/rep-capito-statement-on-epa-rated-mostly-false/

    • Aaron

      You're quoting Ken Ward, the biggest bloviator in West Virginia. He wouldn't know the truth if it bit him on his left ear.

  • Charlotteheel

    This race is about two people - Obama and Reid - who have made farces of their positions and who are stubborn, deceitful and partisan to a fault. Capito will help get Reid out of majority leader and give hope for the Senate.

  • james tucci

    CAPITO RECORD IS A SORRY EXCUSE FOR A CONGRESSMAN. SHE VOTED WITH BUSH ON EVERY ISSUE ALTHOUGH SHE KNEW HE WAS WRONG AS THE WAR GOT WORSE AND ECONOMY CRUMBLED. I SUPPORT NATALIE TENNENT FOR SENATE.

    • grey4449

      IM SURE YOUR A OBAMA FAN. THEIR WERE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION IN IRAQI ISIS JUST FOUND SOME. THERE WERE A LOT MORE CHEMICAL WEAPONS BUT IRAQI MOVED THEM TO SYRIA BEFORE WE WENT TO WAR. DO YOU NO WHAT YELLOW CAKE IS IT WAS FOUND IN IRAQI IN 55 GALLON DRUMS . THERE WAS ENOUGH TO HIT HALF THE MAJOR CITIES IN AMERICA. (DIRTY BOMBS) I THANK GOD FOR BUSH.

      • Jason412

        Grey4449,

        "There is theoretically the potential for a dirty bomb,” Daryl Kimball, of the Arms Control Association in Washington, told FoxNews.com, explaining that such bombs are more effective at scaring people than killing them. "It explodes and the terrorist is banking on the fear factor of radiation. That’s what we are looking at here at worst.”

        "You cannot make a nuclear explosive from this amount, but all uranium compounds are poisonous," Heinonen told Reuters. "This material is also not 'good' enough for a dirty bomb."

        You said there was enough to hit half the major cities in America, experts say they couldn't use it to produce a single dirty-bomb.

        Yes thank god for Bush, sacrificing thousands of American soldiers and trillions of dollars, in order to keep low-grade uranium out of the hands of someone who could use it to induce fear. What a great job he did, right? That's why it was still there and easily acquired.

  • grey4449

    I don't care if you are Democrat, Republican, or Independent we need the senate to be Republican. West Virginias all Americans need to do something to stop Obama. Keeping Harry Reid as Senate leader isn't going to help COAL. We don't need Tennant or Rahall who voted against COAL. VOTE TENNANT IN OFFICE GET READY TO PUT YOUR HOUSE UP FOR SALE. GET READY TO LOSE YOUR TRUCK AND MOVE TO NORTH DAKOTA WHERE THE JOBS ARE.

  • Independent View

    Historically, one sees a candidate attempt to ride the coattails of another candidate, usually running for a higher office. However, in this case we see Tennant doing the opposite, she chose Tackett's coat tails to ride, with the belief that he was so beloved in WV he would lead her to victory--wrong!
    Two things that speaks volumes about Tackett's credibility: first, how did being the AG and a Brigadier General for decades qualify him to be a campaign manager? Secondly, anyone that enlists as a private and ascends to Brigadier General surely has kissed a lot of politicians tukus' to get there!
    This guy has ZERO credibility and so does his candidate, the former mascot and news reader.

  • Michael Roberts

    Maj. General Allen Tackett is unfit for duty. Look at him, no way is the same height and weight standard or physical fitness test being applied. He needs to be discharged.

    • shawn

      He is retired. Major General Hoyer has been in charge for almost two years. Not sure why Natalie selected Tackett to be her spokesman and road trip supporter. Big mistake! Tackett was considered by many as the "Enlisted Man's General". Why? Most sat he took care of the enlisted members better than his officer corps (except for his chosen few at HQ's). Many thought he was arrogant and certainly didn't display or adhere to the same military standards required for everyone else. But all in all, some say he wasn't that bad. We keep hearing that MGen Hoyer is discharging enlisted and officers left and right. but yet there are AGR officers (including a General) in Charleston who have never deployed but yet still collecting huge active duty pay checks. Everything in this state is so messed up. Corruption and political patronage is everywhere.

    • PMQ

      Looks like he has not "discharged", for some time. Boss Hog.

  • Mike

    Tackett didn't misspeak. He's been chasing pork for years even while still in uniform. I attended a conference at Stonewall Jackson Resort several years ago where Tackett was a guest speaker. Also in attendance was, at the time, Congressman Mollihan. I distinctly recall Tackett praising the congressman and telling him to "keep the pork coming." He now sees Tennant as his next liberal parasite feeding off of those she claims she'll represent if elected. The only one she will represent, if elected, is the present Disaster-In-Chief and his heir-apparent, HRH Hildebeast Clinton.

  • Jim

    At least Natalie is on the trail and she has a plan. Capito is no where to be found. Let's be fair all they compare Tennant to is Obama the guy will be gone, this senate seat goes on
    You have to give me some reason besides Obama

    • PMQ

      Jim, how stupid are you? Yes, hopefully O-Bum-A will be gone, but putting another D in Washington assures us more of Harry Reid. Do you want that, I don't!

    • Bill

      I agree, "she's more like Manchin"

    • The bookman

      What is her plan? I've read her NT for Senate page, but nowhere do I see a plan that enables her to oppose the President or Senator Reid. Until we can provide a backstop to this President's agenda, another Democrat in the Senate enables us to achieve nothing. Do you think Manchin is effective at promoting our interest in WV? Has he been successful at stopping this administration from acting against our interest as a Democratic Senator who is sympathetic to our issues? What makes you think Tennant would be more successful than Manchin? A vote for Tennant is a vote for Democratic Majority in the Senate, and continued supremacy of Obama's policies of economic stagnation and despair.

  • CaptainQ

    This whole situation is just plain laughable. Whether or not Tennant was 'set up' by this heckler from the crowd, the bottom line is Natalie's campaign cannot run from her Obama-filled past. She's been on the record as endorsing and supporting the President in the past, and all of the professional political 'spin control' on earth cannot change that fact. This is why Jay Rockefeller decided to 'retire' rather than seek reelection because he KNEW he'd never be able to defend his long association with Obama no matter how much of his millions he could throw into his campaign.

    The name 'Obama' is still political 'kryptonite' in West Virginia, as Natalie Tennant is discovering. No amount of political 'tap dancing' is going to change that.

  • Harold

    I would venture that Gen. Tackett spoke the truth as he knew it. Good it was caught on camera. Worth watching the Gen. and NT on this video.

  • Jeff Becker

    Phil Hudok is the Constitution Party nominee for U.S. Senate and submitted over 10,000 ballot access petition signatures to Natalie's office last week. He was in Pittsburgh last Thursday protesting in solidarity with 5000 mine workers. Anyone who is bold enough to trailer a 7 and a half foot high smoking talking Obama head puppet into downtown Pittsburgh deserves a serious look: hudokDOTcom/index.php/umwa-rally-rt-usa

    • Jason412

      Why is that a bold enough move to look past Hudock's insanity? A large portion of Pittsburgh dislikes Obama as much as WV. I'd hardly call it a bold move when most of the people downtown the day of the rally were there for the rally.

      • The bookman

        Hudok is crazy. That isn't bold. It's ignorant!

  • DP

    C.F.T.- I had only glossed over earlier posts when I posted later this afternoon. Just a few minutes ago, I read much more closely the various posts and I again watched the video. I agree with what you had to say in both. The one observation in your 1:57 p.m. post also REALLY bothered me. That being when you said the worst part of the video was when you noted Tackett laughing while walking away from the young miner.

    That was a thoroughly disgusting act by a thoroughly disgusting FAT SLOB (sorry to call a General such a name, but.....).

    This young miner was obviously upset, but he kept it together and was as courteous as could be expected. Here he is, ready to lose his job, his house, and very probably his livelihood and this FAT SLOB had the gonads to laugh! The General is totally without class! This young man showed much more restraint (good sense) than I could have!!!

  • Jonus Grumby

    I think Natalie has done a decent job as Secretary of State (I voted for her). I think she's basically an honest person and I would continue to vote for her in that capacity if she were running for that office again. However, I cannot support her for Senate on the national level because of her support for many of Obama's policies. Unfortunately, General Tackett may be tarnishing his reputation as her campaign chairman.

  • george

    its time for a change in Charleston--For years our State has ranked 49th, 50th in every good poll taken. Thanks to Lewisburg for winning at least the America's best small town award . Our jobs are gone, infrastructure is a mess, no roads, gas too high, taxes too high, too many regulations,ane the Democrats don't even respect the life of the unborn child. How fast they ran when talks of a special session was mentioned. Our own Governor vetoes the fetal pain bill. Apparently he had a lot of ignorant lawyers who had little knowledge of biology 101...Wonder how long it will take for these Democrats to decide that its ok to kill all the old people just because their sick???????????

  • winston

    want to talk about issues war on coal ,Obama care, food stamps, immigration, holding back energy production, and more on Obama and friends.( Tennant Obama)