McCaskill Throws Elbow at Colleagues: ‘People Running for President All Trying to Find Their Base’ McCaskill Throws Elbow at Colleagues: ‘People Running for President All Trying to Find Their Base’ – NTK Network

McCaskill Throws Elbow at Colleagues: ‘People Running for President All Trying to Find Their Base’

The Missouri senator, up for re-election in 2018, may be feeling the political heat so much she's directing her frustration at colleagues.

By NTK Staff | 01.16.2018 @9:30am
McCaskill Throws Elbow at Colleagues: ‘People Running for President All Trying to Find Their Base’

Is Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) feeling the political heat, ahead of a tough 2018 re-election campaign? She may be, if her Monday comments to the New York Times are any indicator.

McCaskill went on-record criticizing senators “from Trump states,” an unsurprising move. What was surprising, though, was McCaskill’s criticism of her Democratic colleagues.

The New York Times wrote (emphasis ours):

Democrats facing re-election in states that Mr. Trump carried in 2016 fear that a government funding crisis, precipitated by an immigration showdown, could imperil their campaigns.

…“Welcome to our world,” said Senator Claire McCaskill, Democrat of Missouri, who is running for re-election in a state that Mr. Trump carried by 19 percentage points.

We’ve got people running for president all trying to find their base, and then you’ve got people from Trump states that are trying to continue to legislate the way we always have — by negotiation,” Ms. McCaskill said. “And never the twain shall meet.”

Of course, even though McCaskill frames herself as a reasonable moderate in this situation, she has opposed nearly every legislative effort Republicans have made since they took unified control of government in January 2017.

She opposed the GOP tax cuts, so much so that she was silent in the days after her own constituents received bonuses as a result of the bill. McCaskill has also suggested in recent weeks that she will oppose the Trump administration’s infrastructure plan, even as that push is just getting started.

McCaskill may be in the rare position, early in 2018, of upsetting conservatives and liberals with her on-the-record comments, but also moderates who are sick of partisan games and want to see accomplishments out of Washington.

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