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. Herman in LA

    Not a bad choice at all, although I don't think she will be picked. However, she will play a major roll in his administration.

    June 12, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  2. Michelle

    If Obama picks her instead of Hillary, it will be a real slap in the face.

    Obama just could be that stupid and arrogant.

    Obama: Hope you can be fooled with.

    Hope/ change/Kumbaya

    Face it: the only thing Obama can deliver is a speech!

    June 12, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  3. 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. Secondly, if his campaign survived against Hillary with left and right jab, it is for sure certain to beat McCain in election 08. Good luck OBAMA08

    June 12, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  4. Marc PDX

    Why isn't anyone considering Geraldine Ferrara?

    "You say Tomatoes, I say Tomahtoes..."

    NObama N'08

    June 12, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  5. Jon

    The Clinton bashing continues... Remember Obama zealots that you need our vote in November and without it you don't win. You do a disservice to Obama's campaign by making personal attacks. That isn't the hope and change he is running his campaign on.

    June 12, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  6. Amy

    whatever.. NoObama!

    June 12, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  7. MR. OBAMA

    still for hill your wrong and must not be from the great state of missouri because that was carnahans wife not mccaskill who won she beat out incumbent jim talent 4 years ago out right so get your facts straight

    OBAMA 08

    June 12, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  8. sue

    Heaven help us! Mama Claire – ditsy, superficial, Obama apologist. Forget it. Never never never. No match for Hillary Clinton. Stupid choice.

    June 12, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  9. Brett

    She better not be interested...because she isn't going to help at all. She is probably as stupid as she looks...


    June 12, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  10. D. D.

    If Obama and Clinton are together they had better tell us who else is in the Cabinet. I want Bloomberg and Colin Powell as the Secretary of Defense and Richardson as Secretary of State.
    Seriously can Hillary be considered as a Supreme Court after the Bosnia tale? Do you really think? There will be something for her after Dodd, Biden and some others.
    What's with Strickland? Is he afraid of the 1in 6 who voted race in his state and he can't be seen with Obama?
    [It is not like he is so popular with the layoff of state jobs soon.]

    June 12, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |

    she will be great choich and one who can help him win and serve our country. he can win without hillary
    today polls show he has 81% of hills supporters

    June 12, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  12. john williams san diego, ca.

    another woman who can't keep track of her husband.

    June 12, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  13. John W., Milwaukee, WI

    Didn't McCaskill's 14 year old daughter convince her she should back Senator Obama? Now that's the cart leading the horse!

    She can't even lead her children... what a choice for VP this Senator would make!

    Actually, I really do hope she gets it: A Democratic ticket of TOTAL ARROGACE and TOTAL IGNORANCE would be so COOL...

    June 12, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  14. Texas Independent


    Obama has so many prominent supporters that are women, McCaskill, Sellibus, to name a few, yet he is haunted by the Hillary crowd

    June 12, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  15. Dan, TX

    I think Obama will need to take some time on this. There is no rush.

    To Democrat Against Obama:
    Hillary is no less of a powerful leader in the democratic party than she was. She isn't the nominee, that doesn't mean she isn't wielding tremendous power. You should not underestimate Hillary Clinton. The VP slot may not be the most powerful position for her.

    Also just because Obama gets elected in November, doesn't mean Hillary can't run against him in 2012 for the nomination.

    Couldn't we have Obama '08, Hillary '12, Hillary'16, Obama '20?
    There are always possiblities. Obama '08 doesn't mean the end of anything for Hillary. She is young and strong, she's not going anywhere.

    June 12, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  16. Venus

    If she is vetted and can bring some thing to the table for us... sure put her on the ticket!

    Hillary's negatives are too high!

    Great to see a woman like her and Obama are cool!

    Go Bam! You make me proud of America!

    June 12, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  17. women in california for Hillary

    McCaskill, Pelosi, ...and all the rest of those Washington women that oh so wish they had the smarts, tenacity, dedication and downright schutzpah of Hillary Clinton


    McCain 08

    June 12, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  18. Russell, NC

    Anybody but Hillary. We don't need any more Clintons.

    June 12, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  19. red mpls

    I think Obama should consider Hillary Clinton for VP but rule her out and choose someone like Kathleen Sebelius or Claire McCaskill.

    June 12, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  20. Dave

    good luck with that.

    June 12, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  21. vw

    We can understand why McCaskill said "I have complete trust in Senator Obama's judgment", it is just because Obama used his unique JUDGEMENT to choose the paster wright for his family and then have been there to listen the famous sermons for more than 20 years...it is just because he used his UNIQUE ADJUDGEMENT TO CHOOSE a good friend there who can bribe him with real estate......

    June 12, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  22. jONNY d

    Oh well he should pick the queen of mean, Leona Hemsley reincarnated. Obama only one by 2900 votes in MO. I would never vote for him if this granny is on the ticket. You see his poll today 5% over Mccain, we as Hillary supporters is not yet supportig him. I was poll by CNN for this latest polling.

    June 12, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  23. Jenna

    Is she has complete trust in Obama's judgement, then she has problems with judgement herself. I would not vote for the ticket...

    June 12, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  24. jONNY d

    What does CNN call extending lead overMccain, a 1% margin. It must have been Dona Brazille and Jamal and Martin, who conducted the polls. Cnn no one is watching you anymore. You and your disgrntled Pundit. You helped Obama beat Hillary.

    June 12, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  25. Jenna

    If she has complete trust in Obama's judgement, then she has problems with judgement herself. I would not vote for the ticket…

    June 12, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
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