June 13th, 2008
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McCaskill interested in VP?


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(CNN) - Is ardent Barack Obama supporter Claire McCaskill interested in the No. 2 spot on the Illinois senator's presidential ticket?

The Missouri Democrat, who has long been an outspoken backer of Obama's presidential bid, didn't exactly shoot down that notion in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, though she did say she expected to be staying put in the Senate.

"I have complete trust in Senator Obama's judgment in this regard," McCaskill said when asked if she thinks she may be on his shortlist of potential running mates.

"And I can't wait to help president Obama swing some really strong punches for change as a senator from Missouri in the United States Senate," she added with a smile.

WATCH Sen. McCaskill discuss why she endorsed Sen. Obama

Winning Missouri has long been considered as an important component to capturing the White House. In all but one election since 1904 the state has voted for the winner of the presidential race.

McCaskill's comments come a day after Obama told McCaskill's hometown newspaper, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, that there are "very few people" who he is closer to.

"There are very few people who are closer to me, who I have relied on more for counsel or advice," he told the paper. "Should I be successful in this campaign, she will be somebody who has the utmost access to the Obama administration."

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soundoff (206 Responses)
  1. K of TX

    She's a qualified and progressive individual. However, I think that if there is a woman on the ticket other than Hillary Clinton, it will unjustifiably enrage her supporters. At this poiint, I think we can safely say that some Hillary supporters are completely irrational and do a disservice to Sen. Clinton herself. But to Hillary's credit, THE VAST MAJORITY OF HER SUPPORTERS WILL CONTRIBUTE AND VOTE FOR BARACK OBAMA IN NOVEMBER! Why? Because they know what's at stake at this point of our nations history.

    June 12, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  2. Glad to be an Independent

    She is a good woman and good Senator. Unfortunately Obama should not pick her. He needs to balance his ticket with someone that can provide wither experience or foreign policy credentials. My favorite VP choice is Jim Webb from Viriginia. He served in the Reagan administration. He appeals to Democrats, Republicans and Independents. Hillary is a possibility but the problem would be Bill Clinton. Once he looks into Bill Clinton's foundation and if he does not find anything damaging as far as Bill's donors, then he may decide to pick Hillary if he is in a close race with McCain. If he has a comfortable lead then he probably will not pick Hillary Clinton

    June 12, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  3. Joan

    Hello people. When American's want "CHANGE", that is exactly what it means. Change means "change". Why are you still trying to keep Hillary or McCain apart of it. Change does not mean "status-quo". That is why so many are having trouble with this approach by Obama and the democratic party. You can't look for change if you are using the same persons with the same old approaches and ideas. Look were it got us so far.

    June 12, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  4. Rob C.

    Whoever Obama's vice presidential pick is to be, even though Hillary Clinton is my choice, I will support him in the general election. A female vice presidential pick could be slightly unsettling for some Democrats if she isn't Senator Clinton, though. OBAMA 08

    June 12, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  5. melisa

    no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! for hillry is vp!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 12, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  6. GiveMeABreak

    What are these Clinton supports angry about? Didn't Obma EARN the most delegates? Are they so bitter to throw away their privilidge to vote and support someone who's views are not inline with their own? Grow up...I don't know much about McCaskill, but let's way and see what BHO does...

    June 12, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
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