Politico: How Claire Got on Hillary’s Enemies List
January 14, 2014

This is an excerpt from the Politico Report of how Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill angered the Hillary Clinton Presidential campaign in 2008.

“When the Clintons sat in judgment, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) got the seat closest to the fire. Bill and Hillary had gone all out for her when she ran for Senate in 2006, as had Obama. But McCaskill seemed to forget that favor when NBC’s Tim Russert asked her whether Bill had been a great president, during a Meet the Press debate against then-Sen. Jim Talent (R-Mo.) in October 2006. “He’s been a great leader,” McCaskill said of Bill, “but I don’t want my daughter near him.”
McCaskill regretted her remark instantly; the anguish brought her “to the point of epic tears,” according to a friend. She knew the comment had sounded much more deliberate than a forgivable slip of the tongue. So did Hillary, who immediately canceled a planned fundraiser for McCaskill. A few days later, McCaskill called Bill Clinton to offer a tearful apology. He was gracious, which just made McCaskill feel worse. After winning the seat, she was terrified of running into Hillary Clinton in the Capitol. “I really don’t want to be in an elevator alone with her,” McCaskill confided to the friend.
But Hillary, who was just then embarking on her presidential campaign, still wanted something from McCaskill—the Missourian’s endorsement. Women’s groups, including the pro-choice women’s fundraising network EMILY’s List, pressured McCaskill to jump aboard the Clinton bandwagon, and Hillary courted her new colleague personally, setting up a one-on-one lunch in the Senate Dining Room in early 2007. Rather than ask for McCaskill’s support directly, Hillary took a softer approach, seeking common ground on the struggles of campaigning, including the physical toll. “There’s a much more human side to Hillary,” McCaskill thought.
Obama, meanwhile, was pursuing McCaskill, too, in a string of conversations on the Senate floor. Clearly, Hillary thought she had a shot at McCaskill. But for McCaskill, the choice was always whether to endorse Obama or stay on the sidelines. In January 2008 she not only became the first female senator to endorse Obama, but she also made the case to his team that her support would be amplified if Govs. Kathleen Sebelius and Janet Napolitano came out for him at roughly the same time. McCaskill offered up a small courtesy, calling Hillary’s personal aide, Huma Abedin, ahead of the endorsement to make sure it didn’t blindside Hillary.
But the trifecta of women leaders giving Obama their public nod was a devastating blow. Hate is too weak a word to describe the feelings that Hillary’s core loyalists still have for McCaskill, who seemed to deliver a fresh endorsement of Obama—and a caustic jab at Hillary—every day during the long primary season.

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Bond and Talent Shift, Now Support Akin
September 29, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Some of Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s prominent supporters are reversing course and backing Missouri GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin’s embattled campaign against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.

Former Missouri Sens. Kit Bond and Jim Talent said Friday they are now behind the candidate they once shunned for his remarks on “legitimate rape.”

“As a Missourian, I believe it is vital to have a senator and a Senate who will cooperate in creating jobs, repealing Obamacare , and controlling federal spending and the federal deficit,” said Talent, who is Romney’s adviser on Russia and defense policy.

“Todd can win,” added Bond, who has endorsed Romney.

Earlier this week, Sen. Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican who is Romney’s liaison to Congress, endorsed Akin.

The trio would appear to be at odds with Romney, who suggested that Akin “accept their counsel” and leave the race back when they joined two other Missouri GOP elders – former Sens. John Danforth and John Ashcroft – in a formal statement forcefully urging Akin to exit the campaign. The Romney campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Akin has apologized for the rape comment for weeks but refused to leave the race. He lost the financial backing of the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the deep-pocketed Crossroads group affiliated with GOP strategist Karl Rove, and there are no signs either group has plans to re-enter the race.

Some members of the Missouri Republican political establishment are switching course, though not everyone. Danforth still has not backed Akin, and multiple attempts by The Associated Press on Friday to reach Ashcroft were unsuccessful.

In his own statement, Bond pledged to help oust Democrats from the Senate majority and said Akin’s rape comments “were unacceptable but he’s apologized, I believe his regret is sincere, and it is time to focus on the national stakes in this election.”

Talent Plays Key Role as Romney Advisor
August 29, 2012

Former Missouri Senator Jim Talent says he doesn’t have time to think about his role as a prominent advisor to Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
“Most of the time you’re so busy you don’t have time to think about it,” Talent said, “you know how crazy campaigns are.”
Since Romney’s bid for the White House starts five years ago, Talent has had the ear of Romney.
He was first consulting with him on national security and energy issues. His role has expanded since then.
In Tampa, Talent also served as a top surrogate for Romney. He has done that many times. He appears on television programs, radio broadcasts and participates in campaign conference calls to explain Romney positions to reporters.
In Tampa, talent has made the rounds of Republican delegation breakfasts. He talks a lot about how he thinks the Obama Administration has harmed American foreign policy and national security.
Talent believes the President has turned away from the bi-partisan approach to foreign policy first established by President Harry Truman after World War II.
That concept of “containment’ is based on having a strong military and a firm foreign policy.
“President Obama has abandoned that. We’re not exercising a leadership role; we’re not remaining strong and we’re not nurturing our traditional alliances”, he said.
Talent defends Romney against charges he lacks a presidential background in foreign policy.
Talent says Romney’s foreign policy experience stems from his international dealings as the head of the Salt Lake Olympics and international business deals as a private sector executive.
The former Missouri senator says Romney got some undeserved bad press on his European tour of the British tabloid press on Fleet Street.
“I was in the meetings with British officials. And it was clear Governor Romney was very conversant with the issues and very conversant with them,” Talent added.
Talent does not talk about his clout in the campaign but others do.
Kansas City political consultant Jeff Rose says power in a campaign is inverse to the length of a person’s title.
Talent says he’s an advisor on military and energy issues.
Missouri Senator Roy Blunt got a big smile on his face when asked about the prospects of Talent being part of the Romney White House. He said Talent would be good for the state of Missouri and the nation in any role in which he would serve.

Hartzler Joins the List, Urges Akin to Drop Out
August 22, 2012

Rep. Vicky Hartzler

Mo-4 Republican Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler is now calling for colleague Rep. Todd Akin to drop out of the Missouri Senate race.
Hartzler is the first Member of the Missouri House delegation to call for Akin to drop his Senate bid.
She called his remarks about rape “baffling, disturbing and misinformed”.
The statement came from Hartzler’s re-election campaign, not her official Congressional office.
Hartzler said her “repeated attempts” to communicate with Akin this week have been unsuccessful.
Hartzler says she hopes Akin “will make the right decision”.
She wants him to follow the advice given Tuesday by Senator Roy Blunt and former Senators John Ashcroft, Kit Bond, John Danforth and Jim Talent and drop out of the race.

Talent & Wagner Talk Up New Ticket in Missouri Monday
August 13, 2012

A top advisor to Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Mo-2 GOP candidate Ann Wagner will talk up the new GOP ticket Monday.
Former Missouri Senator Jim Talent and Ann Wagner have a mid-morning news conference. They’ll go after president Obama’s record on the economy. They’ll claim he “failed”, and cite the fact that the unemployment rate has been over 8% for 42 months.
They’ll also promote the ‘America’s Comeback Team’. That’s the name the Romney campaign has rolled out after the weekend selection of Paul Ryan as Romney’s running mate.
The news confrence will be a at a motorcycle shop in Affton, Missouri.
Talent is a top advisor to the Romney campaign on issues such as defense and small business.