Claire McCaskill

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Claire McCaskill
U.S. Senator from Missouri
From: January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2019
Predecessor Jim Talent
Successor Josh Hawley
Party Democrat
Spouse(s) David Exposito (div.)
Joseph Shepard
Religion Roman Catholic

Claire McCaskill, born July 24, 1953 (age 69), was the former junior United States Senator from the state of Missouri until she was defeated by a landslide in 2016 after Donald Trump held rallies there against her. She is a member of the Democratic Party. She was originally elected in 2006 by defeating Republican Senator Jim Talent with 50% of the vote.

McCaskill called her fellow Democrats "crazy," to which the GOP responded with an ad, "How can Democrats trust Claire McCaskill?"[1]

A millionaire, McCaskill was the center of the "Air Claire" scandal relating to how she used her Senate budget to fund her private airplane.[2] McCaskill has been criticized for her pro-abortion and racist views.[3]

115th Congress

Regarding the Jeff Sessions affair, Wesley Pruden of The Washington Times wrote:

Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, in demanding the attorney general's head, said that as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee for 10 years she had never met the Russian ambassador. She couldn’t imagine that any worthy senator would. She forgot that in the digital age facts are hard to kill graveyard dead. Then she spent the afternoon trying to explain why she would have made such a categorical statement after several tweets about visits with the Russian ambassador (she said it was about American adoptions of Russian children) were discovered and published on the internet.[4]

Taking a page out of the DNC leaks and John Podesta playbook, when she was caught on tape admitting to lying and deceiving voters, she never denied the authenticity of her own words, but played the victim for being caught.

When Sen. Al Franken was caught in a sex scandal, she proceeded to return a $30,000 donation to her campaign that he made to her.

Attacks on John McCain

McCaskill was the co-chair of Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. She criticized John McCain's age, saying "Other people talk about his melanoma. We’re talking about a reality here that we have to face." [5]

Claire McCaskill voted with a majority of her Democratic colleagues 78.4% of the time during that term of Congress.[6] She supported the 2009 Economic Stimulus Package.

2012 election

Her challenger in 2012 was movement conservative Todd Akin. The Democratic National Convention decided against holding it in Missouri, perhaps in part because of the political weakness of Claire McCaskill and her need to distance herself from the Obama Administration in order to have any chance of being reelected.

2018 election

McCaskill was defeated by Republican candidate Josh Hawley in her bid for re-election in 2018.[7]