Claire McCaskill on Principles & Values

Democratic Sr Senator; previously state Auditor


Won as state rep by knocking on 11,432 doors

In my race for state representative, I didn't have any money. I had no particular family pedigree that put me on a path to winning. Nobody ever tapped me on the shoulder and said it was my turn. I learned that knocking on doors was essential, and I knocked on 11,432 doors. And I won! At the lower levels, offices like city council and school board and state rep--you can do a lot of it with shoe leather, and especially now with social media, which was not available to me in the late 70s and early 80s
Source: Make A Woman President?, by Marianne Schnall, p.135 , Nov 5, 2013

Clinton was great leader, but I don't want daughter near him

In Oct. 2006, Hillary was scheduled to headline a NY fund-raiser for Claire McCaskill, the Senate candidate in Missouri. McCaskill, a plainspoken centrist who held the job of state auditor, had narrowly lost a run for governor in 2004.

In September, Bill flew to St. Louis and did a fund-raiser for McCaskill, and now Hillary was set to help fill her coffers, though (not coincidentally) 900 miles away from the Missouri media.

The day before the NY fund-raiser, however, McCaskill appeared on "Meet th Press" and was asked if she thought that Bill Clinton had been a great president. "I do," McCaskill said. "I have a lot of problems with some of his personal issues. I think he's been a great leader, but I don't want my daughter near him." Hillary summarily canceled the fund-raiser.

McCaskill would again apologize to Hillary and Bill, writing them letters, begging their forgiveness and forbearance. What she said had been stupid, hurtful, insensitive. But the truth was that McCaskill meant it.

Source: Game Change, by Heilemann & Halpern, p. 51-52 , Jan 11, 2010

Voted with Democratic Party 84.6% of 325 votes.

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), was scored by the Washington Post on the percentage of votes on which a lawmaker agrees with the position taken by a majority of his or her party members. The scores do not include missed votes. Their summary:
Voted with Democratic Party 84.6% of 325 votes.
Overall, Democrats voted with their party 88.4% of the time, and Republicans voted with their party 81.7% of the time (votes Jan. 8 through Sept. 8, 2007).
Source: Washington Post, "Congress Votes Database" on 2008 election , Sep 8, 2007

Hastert should resign his speakership for a cover-up

Clearly what has happened here is an arrogance of power. It is about holding onto power instead of doing the right thing. And Washington is not working. This shouldn’t be about power. This should be about protecting kids and calling the authorities, calling the Ethics Committee. They didn’t even tell the Democrats on the Page Committee. This was about a cover-up. I think it’s wrong. It is a great example of how out of touch Washington is, and how they’ve got their priorities all wrong.
Source: 2006 MO Senate Debate on NBC Meet The Press with Tim Russert , Oct 8, 2006

Lifelong Missouri resident from Missouri family

Claire McCaskill has spent all of her life in Missouri. She was born in Rolla and raised in Houston, Missouri, where her father William worked at the McCaskill & Sons feed mill. The family later moved to Lebanon, hometown of her mother, Betty.

Claire attended Hickman High School in Columbia, where her mother became Columbia’s 1st woman city council member. She remained in Columbia after high school and graduated from University of Missouri undergraduate and law school and later clerked for the Missouri Court of Appeals in Kansas City.

Claire is married to Joseph Shepard, a St. Louis businessman. Together they have a blended family of seven children and one grandchild: Benjamin, 30, Carl, 27, Marilyn, 25, Michael, 23, Austin, 18, Maddie, 16, Lily, 13, and Victoria, 1.

Claire is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jefferson City and St. Gerard Majella Catholic Church in St. Louis.

Source: 2006 Senate campaign website ClaireOnline.com “About Claire” , Dec 25, 2005

Voted YES on confirming of Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court.

Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee kicked off the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Nominee, Judge Sonia Sotomayor. In her opening statement, Judge Sotomayor pledged a "fidelity to the law:"
"In the past month, many Senators have asked me about my judicial philosophy. It is simple: fidelity to the law. The task of a judge is not to make the law--it is to apply the law. And it is clear, I believe, that my record in two courts reflects my rigorous commitment to interpreting the Constitution according to its terms; interpreting statutes according to their terms and Congress's intent; and hewing faithfully to precedents established by the Supreme Court and my Circuit Court. In each case I have heard, I have applied the law to the facts at hand."
Reference: Supreme Court Nomination; Bill PN506 ; vote number 2009-S262 on Aug 6, 2009

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