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McCaskill, in New Interview, ‘Doesn’t Want to Talk About President Trump’

The vulnerable incumbent sat down with the National Journal, and the publication reported that McCaskill "doesn't want to talk" about Trump.

By NTK Staff | 03.13.2018 @1:00pm
McCaskill, in New Interview, ‘Doesn’t Want to Talk About President Trump’

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), the nation’s most vulnerable Democratic incumbent senator, sat down for an interview with the National Journal recently. National Journal published the interview on Monday, and the story leads with a big topic: Donald Trump.

What does McCaskill have to say about the president? Not much.

Sen. Claire McCaskill doesn’t want to talk about Donald Trump.

The Missouri Democrat, up for reelection in a state the president carried by nearly 20 points, has had only one conversation with him. And as she gears up for perhaps the most difficult race of any Senate incumbent this year, she insists he won’t at all sway her strategy.

“I know that everybody wants to make this election about President Trump,” she told National Journal at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee headquarters. “It’s not about President Trump for me in Missouri.”

McCaskill instead framed her campaign during the interview last week as a test of proving her independence in the Senate, where she has tried to cut a reputation as a centrist dealmaker unafraid to buck her party.

A possible translation here? McCaskill doesn’t want to talk about a president she disagrees with on most major issues in a state in which he’s still popular.

McCaskill does, though, seem comfortable with losing. National Journal‘s Kimberly Railey reported:

But as she girds for a difficult race, she maintained she does her best work as an underdog.

“I trust Missouri voters,” McCaskill said. “If they think it’s time for me to come home, so be it.”

And she’s comfortable enough for her campaign to note her ties to Trump, under a press release on Tuesday titled, “Claire Gets Things Done: President Trump Has Signed 23 Bills Claire Has Helped Draft, Sponsored, or Co-Sponsored.”

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