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NTK Fact Check: Is Claire McCaskill ‘Independent’?

Is McCaskill "independent, always willing to work with anyone"? Her new ad says one thing, but her record suggests something else.

By NTK Staff | 10.03.2018 @10:00am
NTK Fact Check: Is Claire McCaskill ‘Independent’?

THE CLAIM: “How does Claire McCaskill get things done for Missouri? By being independent, always willing to work with anyone. It’s why Republican Senator Pat Roberts said, ‘If you want to pick somebody to work in a bipartisan manner… and get something done — you ask Claire McCaskill.’” (Claire McCaskill, “McCaskill for Missouri Launches New TV Ad Highlighting Claire’s Record of Independence and Bipartisanship,” Press Release, 10/2/18)

CHECKING THE CLAIM: Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) is up with a new ad titled “Independence,” which boldly claims she is “independent” and “always willing to work with anyone.”

McCaskill’s record, though, skews significantly more partisan. Though FiveThirtyEight says she votes with President Trump 46.1 percent of the time, many of those votes with Trump are on his nominations – some of which cleared the Senate by wide margins. As of October 2, 2018, she had voted against Trump on 64.5 percent of policy votes, including voting against Trump on tax cuts, ObamaCare repeal, deregulation, and more. She also voted against Neil Gorsuch’s elevation to the Supreme Court, and will vote against Brett Kavanaugh.

What’s more, the only other name touted in McCaskill’s ad – Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) – asked Tuesday to be removed from McCaskill’s ad.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported:

Late Tuesday, the campaign of her Republican opponent Josh Hawley, issued a release quoting Roberts demanding the McCaskill remove “my name and quote from her ad.”

Roberts claimed McCaskill had turned more partisan since Trump was elected.

Roberts may have a point. Why? Well, since joining Congress in 2007, McCaskill has only passed six bills into law. While all six have Republican cosponsors, she hasn’t passed a bill in almost two years, and has only passed two bills since she was re-elected in 2012.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) also pointed out Tuesday that McCaskill has voted with Senate Democrats an average of 83 percent of the time since 2007.


McCaskill is presenting herself to Missourians as someone who’s built her political career on independence and bipartisanship. But the very Republican senator she touts in her ad has asked McCaskill to stop using his name and quote. She has voted with her party 83 percent of the time, on average, and has voted against President Trump on a majority of major policy votes since 2017.

Therefore, we rate her ad, Fake News.

NOTE: NTK Network’s Fact Check scale ranges from “Very Fake News,” for the most egregious false claims, to “Fake News,” “Mostly Fake News,” and, for claims that check out, “Mostly Real News” and “Real News.”

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