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. Obama Yes We Can

    Hey Wolf "Don't she have a given name for on here ."
    "still for Hill " certainly a sore looser or a Republican in hiding well the news is out take off your mask.
    Obama she is a winner
    Way to go Obama great pick.

    Please NO Hillary put these old politics people out to green pasture
    lock the Gate then loose the Key.

    June 12, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  2. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    I could go for McCaskill. I need to learn more about her, though.

    June 12, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  3. TexasDem

    Actually, STILL FOR HILL, you're thinking of Jean Carnahan, wife of the late governor Mel Carnahan.

    Claire has served in the Missouri House, as a prosecutor in Kansas City, as State Auditor and now the US Senate.

    I'd love to se Senator McCaskill or Senator Clinton on the ticket, but as long as Obama is on the top of the ticket we're better off.

    June 12, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  4. Lynn, Missouri

    Carnahan was the one who won the sympathy vote, "still for Hill". This reminds me too much of FDR and Truman. History repeating itself? Scary.

    June 12, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  5. Chuck

    Obama/Clinton or Obama/McCaskill, either way, the free sprit of America will be in peril. First look at the oil crisis. Why are they the loudest on this, but yet both oppose domestic drilling and exploration. They feel the best way to convert to alternative sources is like ripping off the band-aid and the pain will eventually go away. There must be and equal balance in the use and development of both forms of energy. And both oppose nuclear power. Obama wants more studies on safety protocols and procedures? The last nuclear accident was Three Mile Island over thirty years ago. I do think safety is not so much the issue as is the support of the enviro-left and those who really oppose neergy independence.
    Sure, Obama has made history in his meteoric rise in the political arena, and it is deserved. He does not reflect the true feelings of hard working people. He comes off as elitist and snobbish. He has to clarify himself before I vote for either him or McCain.

    June 12, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  6. Army Wife

    -she is a great lady.

    June 12, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  7. Harry C

    Hmm you say if he selects another woman over Clinton as his VP running mate he would tick off 18 million who supported her.. Give me a break what about the 18 million that supported Obama??? Some of you Supposedly Democrats against Obama maybe should tell the truth you are really Republicans so who cares Obama will be the next President of these United States... GET USED TO IT all you RACISTS!

    June 12, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  8. zina

    Sen. McCaskill is a great senator, but she is needed there because the dem majority is pretty slim.

    June 12, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  9. Patrick

    Can we stop with the 18 million voters... per recent polling 11,700,000 Clinton supporters are now behind Obama. If the other 6,300,000 don't mind being stripped of their right to choose, the economy, an illegal war, then you are the dumbest Americans alive today.

    June 12, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  10. Brandon Hillary Democrat for Mc Cain

    If obama does not realize that not all of us clintons supporters voted for her because she is a woman then he has no idea what really is going on.

    No Bambi not any ole woman will do. We want Hillary !
    Mc Caskill is another one with no resume and has yet to finish her first term.


    June 12, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  11. Tanya

    To Jim from Il:

    Why many "wemen" do not want to support Obama? Because of people like you, Jim, and many other Obama's supporters who post on this site.
    The more of your deep thoughts I read, the more I want to stay at home in November.

    June 12, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  12. Brandon Hillary Democrat for Mc Cain

    Hillary or Mc Cain no Mc Caskill !

    June 12, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  13. Joyce in Florida

    Hillary Clinton should still be picked as the V.P. I agree with Democrat against OBAMA. I still am angry. Haven't decided what to do in November yet. Just waiting to see what happens over the summer before the convention. Until then, I wait. STILL WANT HILLARY CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 12, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  14. Peter in St. Paul

    ""I think this is a smart choice for Obama… This is the woman who was married to a Senator, then he died, then she ran and won with the sympathy vote…""

    Actually, that was Jean Carnahan, but nice try I suppose.

    June 12, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  15. tony

    who cares? no one votes for the bottom of the ticket..that's why it's called the bottom

    June 12, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  16. Sean S

    I always liked how Senator Mcaskill carried herself.. it would be a great choice

    June 12, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  17. Marie

    If Obama decides to choose any woman other than Hillary, he will lose.

    June 12, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  18. Lee

    Mr. Obama will make his choice to his suite that is McCaskill or Sebilius would be great confidants to carry and consult some of the burden of becoming a president specially in this murky State of the Union. He needs someone that compliments him and his administration with strong domestic policy. He can make retired servicemen as members of his national security team who share his and the people's belief. Good luck08

    June 12, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  19. Adamantia

    This women is playing that "run to him, run to him" song in her head. I don't know how she can manage to actually talk with Obamas 'junk' in her mouth.

    June 12, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  20. MJC

    Obama choosing another female besides Hillary would cause his campaign to implode. Politics 101.

    June 12, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  21. independent voter

    I am from Missouri.

    She and her husband have a record of corruption here. She just squeaked by in the election mainly because the republican candidate was worse.

    No way would she be a good choice!

    June 12, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  22. Rob

    now thats a ticket–we have a winner there.and Hillary to the Supreme court

    June 12, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  23. Don in Florida

    Democrats....don't let the Republicans divide us. We should unite behind Obama. Most of the negative attacks on Obama in these rooms are from undercover Republicans. Remember that. Democrats stay strong.

    June 12, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  24. R

    NO! That will only piss Hillary's supporters

    June 12, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  25. A Latte Lover, Seattle, WA

    I like her, but would really prefer someone with much military experience.

    June 12, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
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