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. Sue in MI

    Well, there go the McCain posters bashing Hillary again! If the Hillary supporters can hold their noses and vote for Obama, then the Hillary bashers can do the same when she gets on the ticket! He needs her. The country needs her.

    June 12, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  2. Matt

    Ummm.. STILL FOR HILL... you have your facts wrong. Sounds like you're thinking of Jean Carnahan who was appointed to fill her husband's Senate seat in 2001. McCaskill has been in public service since 1978 and won her Senate seat in her own right by defeating incumbent Sen. Jim Talent in 2006.

    June 12, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  3. Matt

    Still for Hill....Thats right vote for the overturning of Roe vs Wade, vote for continued tax benefits for the wealthy, vote against universal health care. Vote for continuing war in Iraq, and soon to be Iran if McCain is elected. See what happens to this country if you do that.

    June 12, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  4. voter in MO

    Obama can do better. McCaskill had a tough campaign to win the election here in Missouri last time. She also has some baggage that goes with her that would be easy foder for the Republicans. Sebelius is a better choice if he wants a female from the midwest. Honestly, I don't think it will be either of them though (but both are better than HRC).

    June 12, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  5. 1st Mrs. McCain is the Real Hero..

    McCain voted AGAINST the equl pay for women bill.

    Vote NO McCain – the non-equal candidate..

    June 12, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  6. Mitch

    If Obama said Donald Duck for VP, his supporters would rally behind him and say anyone but Clinton, however they can't understand why the Clinton supporters can't unite.
    Where will this Country end up if all Americans follows this trend.
    I am really starting to understand why we should vote for McCain and take a chance and not a change in this way. Obama supporters are to young to understand but I admire their efforts

    June 12, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  7. KizzyMae

    Claire will be a great choice for VP. It would work perfectly but it would take Hillary supporting that move too. I have been with Obama from the start but I would love to see Hillary get something out of the deal. Picture this, Hillary announces that she is in no way interested in VP spot, supports Obama choice of McCaskill. Yes, it is all about politics, so Hillary would be entitiled to something, maybe Supreme Court, Sec of State, or maybe her own newly created Health Care Cabinet. If this happens, the Republicans can just forget about it!

    June 12, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  8. MARYANN Oswego IL

    No WAy .....this is a woman who listened to her 18 year old to tell her who to vote for in the primaries....we know nothing about her EXCEPT that she has no backbone ..the DNC selected a nominee without one ...I am so sick of hearing Obama this and Obama that...take a good look at CHICAGO America ...gas prices over 4.25 ,houses in foreclosure and kids shooting kids...give me a break..what has Obama done for anybody...except lie about his church and lie about anything that makes him look bad. Look at our Governor...he is being investigated ..next it will be CNN'S golden child being investigated. A very sad democrat.....MAGR

    June 12, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  9. Robin

    Any female on the ticket will be seen and felt as a huge slap in the face to Hillary Clinton and the 18 million people that have supported her and voted for her. Don't even think about it.

    June 12, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  10. s

    still for hill has their facts wrong.. mccaskill was on city council in st louis.. and then the missouri state auditor from 1998-2004 when she ran for governor and lost.

    id say shes been in the game for a good 15 years..

    June 12, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  11. SFLovesObama

    Dem against Obama you are a numbskull. Go cry with Clinton in some dark corner.

    June 12, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  12. Belle

    Wow...will be interesting to see if a backlash occurs if he picks McCaskill.

    Doesn't he get it that any other woman over Clinton would be a slap in the face to Clinton supporters? Doesn't he get it that Clinton is a more conservative Democrat, and that is WHY many of us voted for her?

    June 12, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  13. keesa

    Whats working my nerves is that everyday i turn on the news they always looking for obama a v.p.i think they is trying to stir-up trouble with the clintons supporters for news.

    June 12, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  14. Chut Pata

    Like Bill Richardson, who failed to get Hispanics for Obama, Claire failed to get old white women. Obama needs someone that can deliver votes, or someone with respect like Howard Dean.

    Obama/Dean or Obama/Edwards 08

    June 12, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  15. Bearcat

    These comments threatening to vote for John McCain by Clinton supporters is really getting old. We get it that your candidate did not win the nomination and that your upset but you do not need to express your discontent in every single topic's comment section. It really looks pathetic. If you are going to go against the candidate that almost identically shares the same stance on all of the issues as Clinton, go head but save us the threats. It's very juvenile!

    June 12, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  16. Peter FROM NJ

    Obama reach his limit of supporters, Hillary's supporter will decide in November

    June 12, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  17. Michael

    Obama cannot be forced to pick Clinton because of blackmail from Clinton supporters. He should call their bluff. If they would rather vote for McCain so be it. And when McCain gets in and takes away their abortion rights, and their sons and daughters continue to die in Iraq, dont come crying to Obama then. The notion that you will vote for your enermy just to spite Obama shows how lunatic these people are. Obama outsmart Clinton by beating her. Her supporters need to face the facts.

    June 12, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  18. Missouri Mule

    I've been hoping for months that Claire McCaskill would end up as the VP running mate. I've watched her since she started out as a county prosecutor and I've been proud to vote for her in every election.

    June 12, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  19. ELLIE, Boyds MD


    We better WAKE up when it comes to John McCain. He's does NOT care about us, or our women issues. He was clearly voted NO against the Senate Bill for "equal pay" for women. So WHAT the hell does that tell YOU? You would have to be a FOOL to vote for a man who voted for a war AND who voted NO on a bill giving women "equal pay" in the work force.

    John McBush will also reverse ROE vs. WADE by appointing more OLD and BITTER men who don't want women to have a say when it comes to their own bodies!

    WAKE UP LADIES!! This old and crumpy man will make your life a living HELL and this includes the life of your daughters as well.

    June 12, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  20. Candi

    It will be nice for a women other than Clinton.

    June 12, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  21. Politico

    For those suggesting that McCaskill's appointment would be nothing more than appeasement to Hillary supports–do you truly believe that Hill is the only woman qualified to be VP? Are you so sexist that you truly believe that McCaskill would represent nothing but political manipulation just because her name isn't Clinton?

    Obama owes Hillary supports nothing. Those who say that any woman nominee would have to be Clinton or wouldn't earn their vote, need to surrender their stripes. As a woman, I'm ashamed of what Clinton and her supporters have done to the feminist movement. I'm not alone, either–The Nation had a fantastic piece outlining why so many feminists feel that Hill has done irreparable harm to women in politics. I agree.

    June 12, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  22. RONNIE

    Sorry a ticket with 2 unknown candidates would not work.

    June 12, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  23. JIM...TX

    Let's face it. No matter whom Obama picks as his VP there's going to be those who will find fault with him/her. Get over it...vote, don't vote, move to Mexico/Canada nobody cares for all the whining! There are those of us with more pressing concerns...war, economy, WAR, NAFTA, war......

    June 12, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  24. SFLovesObama

    Also, Texas DEM. When you were a child and you lost a game you would ruin the fun for everybody else by being a poor sport, wouldn't you? Clinton obsessed democrates seem to have very poor logic and reasoning skills. Grow up. Unite.

    June 12, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  25. Eric Lee

    Gawd, I wish some people would get an ejucashun before they start blabbering without regard for the facts. Do some read'in folks! This is an important election. We can't afford to base this on rumors, pure emotion, speculation, hate and prejudice.

    June 12, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
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