July 27th, 2008
05:35 PM ET
15 years ago

McCaskill: Reluctant veeps not being honest

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WASHINGTON (CNN) – How can you tell if a prospective vice presidential candidate is lying? Well, one potential running mate says when they claim they don’t really want the job.

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri), thought to be a possible contender for Barack Obama’s No. 2 spot, was asked on Fox News Sunday, “I'm going to do something that people don't do around Washington very often. I think you're not supposed to do this. I think anybody in Washington would be thrilled to be asked.”

Would she take the job, if offered? She said, “I would like to meet somebody who wouldn't. If they're saying they wouldn't, I don't think that they are being as candid or as up front with the American people as probably they should be.”

Obama will campaign in McCaskill’s critical home state week. She said she has not been asked to provide any personal information to the campaign.

McCaskill said she doesn’t believe Obama needs to necessarily pick a female running mate to win support from women voters. She said, “If you look at all the polling, the much vaunted problems that Obama was going to have with working-class people, with people that don't have a college education, with women, with Hispanics, you don't hear a lot of talking heads talking about those issues anymore because it's simply not true.

Also appearing with McCaskill was Sen. John Thune (R-South Dakota). He wasn’t quite as open on whether he would take the running mate position if offered by John McCain. Thune said, “You don't rule anything out in this profession. But it's certainly not anything I aspire to. I like the

job I have.” He also said he had not be asked by the McCain campaign to provide information.

soundoff (123 Responses)
  1. PUMA 4 HILL

    She's a LOSER with a capital L.

    I am from MO and I know her skeletons. She's disappointed me BIG TIME. A little jealous of Hillary and think she can move right on in.

    Go away Claire and take Obama boy with you!!!

    July 27, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  2. Sweettea

    Why is CNN choosing not to report the story of John Edwards being caught an LA Hotel visiting another women in the early morning hours?

    July 27, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  3. Woodsman for hope


    Don't choose her Barack ... no name recognition.

    July 27, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  4. Denise

    Who cares? As long it's not Hillary on the tail end of that losing campaign.

    McCain '08 Clinton '12

    July 27, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  5. Derrick Hamilton

    You Hillary supporters that now supports McSane are idiots. You are dumb people and bigots

    July 27, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  6. libs be dopes

    Obama/Edwards 2008!


    Anyone seen the Clintons?

    October suprise!

    July 27, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  7. Lynette Stapleton

    In a Rasmussen telephone survey taken 07/15 Obama Leads Bush by twenty, but Clinton does better against McCain.
    The numbers help explain why Election 2008 is so competitive even though political climate heavily favours the Democrats – because the Republicans are on course to nominate their strongest possible general election candidate but the Democrats are NOT.
    More importantly the data suggests that voters don't see a potential McCain Administration as the third term of President Bush.

    It is obvious that the DNC has chosen their weakest candidate
    The political process MUST be transparent.
    The primaries WERE NOT.
    BHO can have the tooth fairy as his VP and she won't get him over the line

    July 27, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  8. NotFallingInLine.org

    McCaskill is more a neophyte than Obama. Her insight into the world of political strategy is worthless. Many have flatly said "no" to being on the ticket, and those answers would be difficult to explain away later if one of them were to suddenly take the spot on an Obama ticket. Not to mention what joinging such a losing ticket would do for that politician's career...

    July 27, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  9. Luke Clinton

    Senator McCaskill needs to wake up and see that if Obama doesn't pick Hillary Clinton, people will not vote for him. More people voted for her in the primary, superdelegates and the bias media ruined it for her! I look to see Hillary become our President in 2012! Anyway, why should Hillary take the number 2 spot? Why are Obama supporters wanting her to work hard to get her supporters to like him, look how he treated her in the primary, she owes nothing to Obama! America had their chance on a caring person who really wants to make a difference, and they instead chose a snob. I am a Democrat and I am only supporting Obama because Hillary told me too! I can't say the same for the others though!

    July 27, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  10. Sandra B

    Jeryy from Fla. wrote:
    I guess hypocrites run in pairs.

    Yeah, you are right because I know no bigger hypocrites than the Clintons and John McSame. Not only are they hypocrites but they are liers.

    I would never support a woman or a man that gets to out right lie and then get to name it mispeaking. I would never vote for an old man that say that the surge alone has decreased violence in Iraq. And futhermore, that old geeser can't get the geography of that area right. What a dip stick.

    July 27, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  11. neverobama

    She betrayed HIllary and having this lady as VP will only anger the HIllary Supporters even more. Watch your step Obama, you are overly confident this presidential election is yours. The bigger your ego getts the harder it will be for you if you lose!.

    McCain 08

    July 27, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  12. The Texan

    Who wouldn't want to be the running mate of the next "John F. Kennedy?" Obama will go down forever in history for a lot of reasons, mostly because he's extraordinary and brilliant. This is anyone's chance to go down in history too if they're selected as a vice president...

    July 27, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  13. RJ, CA

    McCaskill - ANOTHER Obama phony with a direct link to the Almighty? Now THIS one proclaims to actually have the ability to read others' minds. Just can't fathom that some people simply don't buy Obama's bull and would rather stay away - eh?

    July 27, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  14. The Lady

    We welcome you aboard, and if Obama choses you as his running mate I support you all the way.

    July 27, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  15. Andrew

    I'm glad to see she's interested because I like MCCaskill. She seems like she has a firm understanding of all the issues and has been an excellent advocate for Obama in the interviews with her that I have seen. I can't say I'm a McCaskill expert being that I'm from NY but from what I've seen she seems like a good choice although I'm aware she is a long shot.

    July 27, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  16. Sharon

    She is disgusting just like Nancy Pelosi. Have you ever listen to her on the Senate floor on C-Span – really bad. Plus I agree with the previous comments about her honesty. I know at least two occasions she was not completely honest about her comments concerning Senator Obama.

    July 27, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  17. francis

    McCaskill has still to prove her credentials. She does not have. I believe she was jealous and insecure of Hillary.

    July 27, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  18. Cyrus Shick

    I really don't see where you are coming rom bitter Clinton supporters. I know that Senator Clinton was the favorite, but Senator Obama won fair and square. Florida and Michigan violated the rules, but eventually got seated. If you support Clinton, how on Earth could you make the drastic change to supporting John McCain. Follow your candidate! If you really support her, you will do what she says and support the candidate she endorses. Really wake up American voters, and please support Senator Obama. Oh, and there is nothing wrong with Senator McCaskill. She is a great person. All of you are being so democrat-bashing, I'm not even sure ifyou're really democrats!

    July 27, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  19. Ignorant racist voting for Mc Cain

    No8ama / No Mc Caskill

    July 27, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  20. J.C.

    The only Dem that truly meant he or she is not interested in being Obama's VP is Al Gore.

    July 27, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  21. Ronnie

    He didn't vote for M.L. King holiday also, so what new for Johnny come lately?

    July 27, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  22. Felines for Freedom

    I highly, highly doubt Obama will tap McCaskill. What does she offer the ticket? He needs to either pick Clinton, someone with a lot of foreign affairs/military experience or someone who represents a major swing state (FL, OH or PA). I don't think McCaskill qualifies as any of those. And I agree that if he is going to pick a woman, he should pick Hillary.

    Anyway, when are these selections being made already? Kerry picked Edwards in early July. Sick of the rampant speculation. It's practically August, only 3 months left until the general election. Put up already candidates!!

    July 27, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  23. Lino

    People who are trying to find problems with Obama are the same ones that worked hard to find issues with Kerry. They are only trying to find a good excuse to vote for who they want, it does not matter how bad this person will be to America. Just look to what Bush did to America. And yet again it seems some people just did not have enough.... Go ahead vote McCain but do not try to find excuses to justify your bad judgment when things go wrong.

    July 27, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
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