Possible primary battle in bid to take on McCaskill in '12
November 30th, 2010
12:22 PM ET
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Possible primary battle in bid to take on McCaskill in '12

Washington (CNN) - The National Republican Senatorial Committee says it isn't taking sides in any battle down the road for the party's Senate nomination in Missouri.

The primary winner there will take on freshman Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, who's up for re-election 2012.

A Republican party source confirms to CNN reports that Sen. John Cornyn, the NRSC chairman, spoke before Thanksgiving with former Missouri Treasurer Sarah Steelman about a possible bid for the Senate nomination. The source tells CNN that Steelman called Cornyn, rather than the other way around, and that Cornyn suggested to Steelman that if she thought she could mount a good campaign, then she should run.

Also considering a run for the GOP nomination is former Sen. Jim Talent, who lost to McCaskill by three percentage points in 2006.

"From the NRSC's perspective there are several potential candidates, including Jim Talent and Sarah Steelman, who could mount a winning campaign against Claire McCaskill," says NRSC Communications Director Brian Walsh, who adds that McCaskill's "support for the Obama agenda, including the health care bill and stimulus, has left her vulnerable heading into 2012 and we wouldn't be surprised if several well-qualified candidates ultimately step forward to challenge her. But our nominee will be chosen by Republican voters in Missouri."

President Barack Obama narrowly lost the state to Sen. John McCain in the 2008 presidential election, but Republican Rep. Roy Blunt defeated Democratic nominee Robin Carnahan, Missouri's secretary of state, by 13 points earlier this month in the battle for the state's open Senate seat.

Steelman, a favorite with many Tea Party activists, considered a run against Blunt for this year's Senate nomination, but dropped out of the hunt early in this past cycle.

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Filed under: 2012 • Claire McCaskill • John Cornyn • NRSC
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    Steelman, a favorite with many Tea Party activists, considered a run against Blunt for this year's Senate nomination, but dropped out of the hunt early in this past cycle.
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    Who knows how damaging the TeaPers will be in 2012? I suspect that America will have had it's fill of TeaPers by then. Having said that, McCaskill will have her own problems within the Democratic Party. She has been extremly ineffective and completely out of touch with reality. She is one of the many *all for me - nothing for you* Senators being sent to Congress these past few years or so. Out of touch with reality seems to be a Middle America issue. Proud of their ignorance and flouting it for all to marvel on seems to be their game plan. Quite sad, actually.

    November 30, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Sen. McCaskill has nothing to worry about. Her views on alot of the issues are progressive enough to get her re-elected.

    November 30, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  3. T'sah from Virginia

    "Steelman, a favorite with many Tea Party activists..."

    By 2012, the Tea Party days will be over!!! This election in 2010 is not about the Tea Party ONLY,nor the RepubliCAN'Ts – even though they both think that!!!

    You cannot predict who will win but McCaskill will give a fight and most likely pull it off!!

    November 30, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  4. Colleen

    Missouri here. Some people are just stupid. McCaskill hasn't been ineffective. As a matter of fact she's been great for Missouri. Today the Repulican Senators voted down the bill she introduced with McCain and Colburn on earmark ban. She's brought public school funding, high speed rail, broadband, I 70 improvements, bipatison legislature passed on securing us mexico border and GAO accountabiltiy and disaster recovery and preditory lending practices, intoduced ban on secret holds, remidies for problems at Arlington for our soldiers, money for the Mo dept of Insurance. Hell she's one of the most effective Senators we've ever had and she's only a freshman. Ineffective my ass

    November 30, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  5. Fair is Fair

    "Sen. McCaskill has nothing to worry about. Her views on alot of the issues are progressive enough to get her re-elected."

    Have you lost touch with reality, dude? Go grab a chair, tune into MSNBC, and wait for fat boy Schultz to tell you what to say tomorrow, parrot.

    November 30, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. Bill

    I live in the state of Missouri... Trust me, Claire McCaskill is a party line person. She does not have the will to decided anything on her own. When asked point black quesstions on a variety of issues, All I got was the party line rah rah speach. No questions answered .... Gotta admit the tap dance was one of the best I have seen in 40 years.

    November 30, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  7. Nancy Pelosi, the wicked witch of the west, the DemocRAT gift that just keeps on giving

    >Sen. McCaskill has nothing to worry about. Her views on alot of the issues are progressive enough to get her re-elected.

    Sen. McCaskill has everything to worry about. Her views on alot of the issues are progressive enough to get her thrown out, just like the other Senator from Missouri. NO PROBLEMO!!

    November 30, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |