Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says she is not surprised that many
Missourians think all Washington politicians are crazy.
“I think frankly most of the voters in my state think we all lost our minds and they are not big fans of any of us,” McCaskill said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe program Wednesday according to Politico.
“We’ve got a bunch of people in my state that … think we’re all crazy,” she added.
McCaskill’s remark came after she was asked about President Obama’s slipping poll numbers.
She also criticized Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s all-night Senate speech against the President’s health
care plan, often called ‘Obamacare’.
McCaskill thinks Cruz is just drawing attention to himself.
She said Cruz’ reading of the Dr. Seuss classic ‘Green Eggs and Ham’, misses the point.
Cruz said he he read the story on the Senate floor as part of his speech as a bedtime story to his children at home.
McCaskill said Cruz’ use of the story misses the point.
“My daughter texted me this morning and said, ‘Mom, does he not know the point of the story?’ It’s that you can’t knock things until you try it, which is ironic that he used it in the filibuster,” the Missouri Democrat said, according to Politico.
McCaskill Says Missouri Voters May Think All Politicians Are Crazy
September 25, 2013
Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says she is not surprised that many
McCaskill to GOP: Stop Throwing Tantrums
September 22, 2013
Sen. Claire McCaskill blasted Republicans on Sunday for throwing ‘tantrums’ over President Barack Obama’s health care law.
‘I don’t think in America we should throw tantrums when we lose elections and threaten to shut down the government and refuse to pay the bills,’ the Missouri Democrat said on ‘Fox News Sunday.’ ‘The American people had a choice last November. They had a choice between someone who said repeal Obamacare, and President Obama.’
Her comments come as Congress grapples over spending legislation in which funding for Obamacare is a key sticking point. If no solution is reached, the government could shut down.
‘I cannot believe that they are gonna throw a tantrum and throw the American people and our economic recovery under the bus,’ she said of Republicans. ‘It is really gonna hurt real people. And this is just political point-making.’
She singled out Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who has been an especially vocal advocate of defunding the law, even opposing movement on a House-approved funding measure because, he says, there is too much leeway for Obamacare funding to be added in in the Senate.
‘This is about running for…president, with Ted Cruz,’ McCaskill charged. ‘This isn’t about meaningful statesmanship. This isn’t about doing what we were sent to Washington to do, and that is, compromise and run the government.’
Obama’s Speech Does Little To Sway KC Area Members of Congress
September 11, 2013
President Barack Obama’s Tuesday night speech on US involvement in Syria did not move many Member of Congress from Kansas and Missouri.
Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill, who is an ally of President Obama, says the President made “an important case” for why Syria is a threat to the U-S. McCaskill, however, has doubts.
“But, I also continue to weigh the possible consequences of military action. Over the coming days, I will continue to engage with my colleagues, evaluate classified information, and monitor a situation which continues to evolve on a daily basis,” said McCaskill in a Tuesday night statement after the speech.
Ks-3 Congressman Kevin Yoder told KMBC TV Wednesday morning he remains opposed to a U-S strike.
East Kansas Republican Lynn Jenkins took note of the string of developments Tuesday involving a potential Russian element to settle the crisis.
“However, while I am open to evolving diplomatic solutions, I remain unconvinced injecting our military into the middle of a violent civil war is in America’s best interest,” Jenkins said.
Kansas Senator Pat Roberts issued a statement after the President came to CapitolHill to seek seek support.
Roberts says during the August recess, “not as ingle Kansan” told him they supported a Syrian strike by the U-S. Roberts is very skeptical of the possibility of a diplomatic settlement.
““There is nothing I trust about the UN, Russia, or the Assad regime. By offering this diplomatic path, we are simply providing a delayed mechanism for the president to pursue his goal of a military strike when the regime does not comply. At that time, I believe Kansans, and all Americans, will feel the same as they do today– opposed to military strikes in Syria,” Roberts said in remarks before the speech.
Wichita Congressman Mike Pompeo is also doubtful.
““I am pleased that calls for a more robust strike against Syria have met with the possible outcome of the remove of chemical weapons from Assad. I hope this works, but I am always skeptical when Vladimir Putin is making an offer to help. Regardless, I remain convinced that the only way to assure Americans’ safety is by implementing a strategic and integrated plan that does more than simply ‘shoot across the bow,” Pompeo said
Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday decried the left for not being able to take a joke, comparing reaction to a Missouri State Fair rodeo clown performing wearing a President Barack Obama mask to outrage over Prophet Muhammad cartoons.
“He’s the president of the United States! They get made fun of! They get laughed at all the time! Fun is poked at ‘em. I know this happens to be the first African-American one, but that should not insulate this president from standard, ordinary, everyday treatment, analysis, whatever,” Limbaugh said on his radio show Wednesday, according to a transcript.
Earlier this week, Democratic politicians including Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill and Rep. William Lacy Clay slammed the act at the state fair, calling it “ugly” and intolerant.” The clown who performed the show was banned from the fair.
“You know, you people on the left, who the hell do you think you are? You can’t laugh. You can’t take a joke. You can’t take a punch. You can’t take anything,” Limbaugh said Wednesday. “One little thing that you don’t like and this clown can never work, everybody involved is resigning.”
Limbaugh, who grew up in Southern Missouri, said the reaction was as though Obama was a religious “messiah.”
“This is no different than those countries reacting freakishly when there were cartoons of the prophet Mohammed. That is exactly what this is,” Limbaugh said. “C. S. Lewis said the devil can’t stand being made fun of. The devil can’t stand being mocked. … You people on the left, I know you don’t have the capacity for shame, but this is just absolutely – a clown now fearing for his life?”
Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, famous for her homey tweets and bruising and initially unexpected 2012 reelection victory, is heading to Iowa this week for a 2016 presidential event, the first Democrat to play in the state that hosts the critical first-in-the-nation presidential caucus.
McCaskill, who on Sunday tweeted out a cute black and white photo of her holding her baby grandson, is the featured Washington lawmaker in Emily’s List’s “Madam President” townhall in Iowa on Friday morning. It takes place at the Temple for Performing Arts in Des Moines.
Emily’s List is the nation’s leading Democratic political action committee for women and has moved heavily into the presidential space with its new “Madam President” effort to elect a woman to the White House in 2016.
While former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the leading woman Democratic candidate eyeing the race, McCaskill has a political base of her own in the Midwest and she has strong ties to Emily’s List, which helped her overcome Tea Party Republican Rep. Todd Akin in her reelection race.
Emily’s List said the Iowa event will feature discussions by women candidates, like Staci Appel, a candidate for Congress in Iowa’s third district, political operatives and the group’s president, Stephanie Schriock.
It should give McCaskill a chance to test the waters in neighboring Iowa.
A week later, another potential Democratic candidate, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, will be the keynote speaker for the 10th Anniversary North Iowa Wing Ding Fundraiser.