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

McCaskill: Reluctant veeps not being honest

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/27/art.mccaskill.gi.jpg caption="Sen. Claire McCaskill says anyone would be thrilled to be asked to be Obama's No. 2."]

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. DAN

    McCaskil will never be VP.

    July 27, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  2. Mauri

    Dream on, Mrs. McCaskill. I suppose your grandkids convinced you to run for the VP job, like they did with your supporting Senator Obama. What, I have long asked, is wrong with admitting that you made a personal decision and stick with it?

    July 27, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  3. Sue

    McCaskill, just another democrat lackey, a suck-up. Would make a good VP for BO, then both would be lame brains.

    July 27, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  4. Patti

    McCaskill looks vicious and mean to me, like she could rip apart the German Chancellor in a minute. Her eyes....

    July 27, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  5. Hi!

    McCaskill is one HUGE JOKE..........

    July 27, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  6. Lou R

    All the VP speculation is a media-driven effort. In reality is a lot of noise about nothing. In time the candidates will make their choices known and will do so on their own time scales, not ones driven by the media. Yawn!

    July 27, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  7. Lourdes

    You "If not Clinton then McCain" voters have a lot of gall to say you're standing up for women somehow by voting against Obama. Did you not hear McCain stutter and sputter the other day when asked why he has supported allowing insurance companies to cover Viagra but not birth control (even though birth control is known to be used to treat strictly medical conditions such as ovarian cysts and polycystic ovarian syndrome, among others)? The same guy who was still living with his first wife when he started courting her much-younger replacement?

    Please, don't use the "woman" card to justify your vote for McCain. Call it what it really is...sour grapes.

    July 27, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  8. Mr C

    Ok here is my take on this, I don't think Barack needs to pick a woman to win. But if he must pick a woman, it has to be Hillary or he will lose big time! No woman is more qualified for the spot than Hillary, but I don't think he should pick her.

    July 27, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  9. austbill

    Who is Sen. McCaskill to answer how other politicians really feel?
    Perhaps she should stick with her own feelings and not try estimate other politicians feelings and views.

    July 27, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  10. Monroe

    You so-called feminists who say things like "no woman other than Hillary" are prejudging based on gender and excluding a large number of people for consideration for a job based on gender. Not very feminist.

    July 27, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  11. rhoward

    As if Senator McCain hasn't been doing major league flip-flopping himself the last few months and acting like he's owed the Presidency.

    July 27, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  12. Whatever

    Claire McCaskill is despised by half of the Democratic Party. There is no measure by which she could be considered to be ready on "Day One" to take over should something unforeseen happen to Senator Obama.She is a joke.

    July 27, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  13. Joyce in Florida

    Still wishing and hoping that Senator Obama will pick Hillary Clinton as his V.P.

    July 27, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  14. Jeremy

    Who cares what she thinks.... She isn't gonna be a Senator for that much longer....

    July 27, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  15. Texas Trail Dog!


    July 27, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  16. Larry of Boston

    Barack should choose one of the 36 main stream TV reporters, pundits, journalists, and editors of major newspapers who have contributed financially to his campaign. Afterall, if Obama wins, it will largely be due to the bias in US mainstream media and their unwillingness to challenge or vet Obama on his experience or his positions. Obama could be the first President effectively elected by the media in the US -– utterly shameful situation

    July 27, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  17. Oregon for OBAMA!

    Hey Repubs., why the need to try to dress as an Democrat? It is so laughably obvious, you ain't fooling anyone. No true democrat or independent would "hate" and "despice" this man. The moment you post such extreme views, you show your true colors. No "name" can hide the venom in your posts.

    Relax, take it easy, it is useless to fight progress when it is this close to your door step... and you know, like many Bush supporters have spewed all along, if you don't like it feel free to leave the country. 😀

    July 27, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  18. Chris from Indy

    If Sen. McCaskill still thinks that supporters of Hillary Clinton have forgotten all about the primary season, she is sorely mistaken. Obama may be the pre-sumptive nominee, but he still hasn't closed the deal with the American people. He needs to put Sen. Clinton on the ticket...that is, if she will accept it.

    July 27, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  19. Obama you are the man 08/12

    Hey no wait McCain supporter Rebuttican tell us the truth and stop hiding behind Hillary it won't work NOT THIS TIME .
    You people do this day after day on here think we don't catch on?

    July 27, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  20. jamie

    Give viewers a chance to post about Obama's recent no show to the Army hospital in Germany.If that were McCain,you can bet this so called news network would have all kinds of nasty negative comments from the mentaly unstable anti-American Obama supporters!!

    July 27, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  21. Chadillac

    Angry, petulant Clinton supporters would never accept any female VP than Hillary. I think Sen. McCaskill would be a fine choice. She's been onboard since the beginning.

    July 27, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  22. John, Brooklyn, New York

    While I don't think that Claire McCaskill is qualified to be President (which SHOULD be the criteria for selecting a running mate)...I am deeply disappointed by the ugly, politics-as-usual postings above written by people who instantly jump to personal attacks on Senator McCaskill's integrity (in fact, outright calling her a liar) without giving any examples or rationale for their opinions. It is this type of divisive "if-you-are-a-Democrat-we-must-destroy-you" type of rhetoric that has streamed from the Republican machine for years that the American public have finally rejected.

    Guys – if you want you candidate to have even the slimmest hope of winning – don't sully yourselves by using Rove-type tactics. At the very least, I'd hope that you'd have more self-respect than to dirty yourselves – since the slurs don't reflect one wit on Senator McCaskill or her reputation – only yours.

    July 27, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  23. missourireader

    Being a Democrat from Missouri, I lost a lot of respect for McCaskill during the primary campaign between Obama and Clinton. I am a big supporter of Obama and hope that he does not ask McCaskill to be his running mate. I will be hard pressed to support McCaskill when she runs for re-election.

    July 27, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  24. PUMA's for Hitler because we are childish!

    This is common sense. The standard answer for any vp potential is to say they don't want it.

    But it's a whole other story if they are actually asked.

    July 27, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  25. pat C.

    when are all these clinton idiots going to realize it's over....she lost! more of us out here voted for obama than the idiots that wanted the old tricks left in washintion that voted for her.
    it is stupid to even say they will vote for McCain if not her. they are showing their ignorance in what the issues in our country are. if the only reason they wanted hillary was because she was a women then you all don't have the intelligence enough to vote or make a differance anyway!

    July 27, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
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