July 27th, 2008
05:35 PM ET
14 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. 2Nurselady

    Well... this is very funny coming from McCaskill, a person I think seriously lacks honesty and integrity.

    July 27, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  2. Obama-Junkie, IL

    I don't blame you Sen. John Thune of South Dakota. Many Republicans don't want to be McCain's running mate. In fact many Republicans running for office this year are running away from the Republican brand.

    July 27, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  3. Vig

    It's very important who McCain picks as VP to offset what is amounting to an "entitled" candidate – the candidate who benefits from media bias, favortism, an uneven playing field, sugar coated headllines -Obama. As far as I'm concerned Obama's campaign has been corrupted by unfair advantage. It's been rigged.

    July 27, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. Lovely in VA

    I think not wanting to get your family drug through the mud might also be a consideration. That would be really tough.

    Obama 08

    July 27, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  5. debkansas

    You can tell when McCaskill is lying, her lips are moving.

    Hillary for President

    July 27, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  6. Moses, Ca.

    thanks for the info......

    July 27, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  7. ThePhoenix

    This is silly,Obama is a different kind of candidate...he isn't going to choose someone who has been in Government,that would'nt be CHANGE.

    July 27, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  8. Ellie, MD

    Sen. McCaskill is ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, they fools are just "blowing" hot air when they claim they don't WANT the VP job. Come On, are we that stupid to believe those VEEPs who are on the "potential" list.

    What a bunch of sissies, they can't even tell the TRUTH. If you want the Job SAY you want it, stop beating around the bush.

    July 27, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  9. Independent Thinking

    McCaskill is correct. Democrat and Republican VP candidates have not been honest. All of them are interested. In the case of McCaskill, I do not believe she balances the ticket. Obama needs someone with foreign policy experience to balance out his ticket. VP candidates, such as Hagel, Reed, Nunn, Bayh, Biden and Webb are my preferred choices. McCain choice should not be Romney. What a joke. Someone like Pawlenty or maybe even Kay Bailey Hutchinson would be a much better VP choice.

    July 27, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  10. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    I don't know about McCaskill, whether she is honest or not. But I just don't think this rings true with all of them. And to be honest, those who stay in the senate can do a lot more from the senate floor. Because Dems will need the vote.

    July 27, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  11. A Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    She is a one scary lady who has trouble telling the truth. Her name would fit her nose if it were Pinocchio.

    I feel sorry for the people in her good state. They shouldn't have to put up with such a loser.

    Both her and Obama are risky people to be in government jobs. How can obama draw his pay from the senate when he is absent so much.

    What a loser.

    July 27, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  12. Marie in California

    It wouldn't surprise me if Obama picked Judas Richardson.

    Was for Hillary, now for McCain!

    Was a lifelong Democrat.....now a brand-new Republican!

    July 27, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  13. rachel

    Umm its not that hard to imagine people don't want to be vp. I am so over Obama if he wants to choose someone else besides Hillary just to prove that he don't need her then whatever. The democratic party has just turned into a bunch of bullies anyway unseating one of Hillary's delegates for saying she wants to vote for McCain. The DNC wants to silence the people.

    July 27, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  14. Hillary, MO

    Missouri is a red state and it will remain so. We do not need Sen McCaskill or Obama to tell us what to do. CNN gives lot of publicity to these liberal senators and divide our nation.

    July 27, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  15. A Grandmother


    I'm from Mo.- a lifelong democrate and you are right!

    July 27, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  16. Joe Reg

    You go girl!

    Obama McCaskill 08/12

    Landslide Obama!

    July 27, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  17. deroy

    so TWO freshmen senators from the midwest.
    already with obama or mccain we are in severe danger.
    who was the last successful senator as president?
    it wasn't kennedy. he got into the cuba situation, expanded vietnam and never did anything despite the rumors about civil rights. that was LBJ.

    and whenever you hear of CAMELOT remember that is a fable set up by jackie kennedy and arthur schlesinger, jr in 1965 to make up a legacy on JFK.
    it is pure fantasy.

    July 27, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  18. Griff

    Lots of Fun: Reading 'Time Magazine", on the Internet.. Obama is definitly walking on water.. Sploosh!!!!

    July 27, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  19. dems be losers

    Obama/Edwards 2000!


    Anyone seen the Clinton s?

    October surprise!

    July 27, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  20. H


    July 27, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  21. Mike Dallas


    July 27, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  22. Chris

    It's good to see somebody finally being honest about the VP process.

    July 27, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  23. Fiercely Independent

    I don't know what gives McCaskill any status (besides being female and being the un-Hillary). A McCaskill VP will be as disastrous as Geraldine Ferarro.

    July 27, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  24. VP

    I agree with the above comment 100%. And it's not smart to add someone with even LESS experience in the Senate than Obama to the ticket.

    July 27, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  25. Super Delegate NJ

    Instead of critising those she short listed without consultations, she should just take the VP position and let’s see what she can bring to the ticket. Honestly Catskill thinks that she can govern this country proxy. What a dope

    July 27, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
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