Hillary Clinton called McCaskill after endorsement
June 20th, 2013
12:28 PM ET
9 years ago

Hillary Clinton called McCaskill after endorsement

(CNN) – An early endorsement this week for a 2016 presidential run by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton merited a phone call from the potential candidate, according to Sen. Claire McCaskill.

Clinton made the call after the senator's Tuesday announcement that she was endorsing a political action committee pushing a presidential run.

"She did call me after this all happened the other day," the Missouri Democrat said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "We had a great conversation. I'm not going to talk about what we said. But I think she's got a big decision to make and I think she's in the process of making it."

McCaskill called the endorsement of Clinton an easy decision. "She is by far the strongest, most capable, most qualified candidate for President of the United States," she said. "I am part of a lot of group of people, big huge group of people, that really wants her to run. And it seemed like coming out publicly and stating the obvious, that we all want her to run, was an important thing to do right now."

Despite being an early supporter of then-Senator Barack Obama's 2008 campaign for president, McCaskill has become a strong supporter of Clinton's, expressing a desire to help Clinton get elected when she stepped down as secretary of state in February.

McCaskill became one of the first members of Congress to throw her support behind another Clinton presidential run on Tuesday in a statement put out by the Ready for Hillary PAC.

McCaskill was joined in her support by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, who replaced Clinton in the Senate in 2009 when Clinton stepped down to become US secretary of state. Gillibrand, a Democrat, said later Tuesday that “I am personally urging Secretary Clinton to run,” adding that “I’ve told her I plan to support her in any way I can.”

Asked about a potential role in fundraising for the super PAC Thursday, McCaskill said that was not a focus for her or Ready for Hillary. "I'm not excited about spending a lot of my time just trying to get big donors. And I don't think that's what this effort is about," she said. "They're doing an awful lot of social media. They're trying to build a strong database of volunteers." McCaskill described Ready for Hillary as currently more focused on a ground-up effort.

CNN's Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2016 • Claire McCaskill • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Guess

    More peas and corn? is there not anyone else who will run

    June 20, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  2. Concerned Educator, Mississippi

    Way to go and I for one cannot wait to support and witness the inauguration of President Hillary R. Clinton, what a joy this would bring to our country and to the fight or equality for women. Educators for Hillary 2016!

    June 20, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  3. TomInRochNY


    More peas and corn? is there not anyone else who will run


    Like the Republicans, the Democrats have a very limited talent base to draw from.

    June 20, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. A Kickin` Donkey

    HIlary, you are not entitled. We can not afford a Democratic loss after Mr. Obama`s 2nd tern ends. We must undo the Supreme Court debacle of Alito & Roberts which Ralph Nader facilitated in 2000. Hiliary you need to

    1.) lose 20 lbs., be energized and in the best health of your life.
    2.) have a PREDOMiNATELY youthful [45-ish] senior staff / potential leadership team. Have plenty of 30-somethings on your campaign in highly visible power/ policy positions.
    3.) Align/ Recruit / Develop a white male VP like Montana`s Governor Swietzer. If Dems take Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada and/or Montana in the electoral college with a "pro-western" face, the GOP is done. Don`t go all Martha Coakly on us.

    Mr.s Clinton, being president is not your entitlement. Run thru the tape.

    June 20, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  5. ezduzit757

    Run Hillary, run!! HILLARY CLINTON 2016!!

    June 20, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. jsmoulder

    Getting support from McCaskill may ruin Hillarys chances.

    June 20, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  7. Name willard

    No vote support for hillary clinton 2016 cause obama and clinton hilllary are lied story what happened about murder 4 amercian at benghzaia libya

    June 20, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  8. george

    just think of the money she could save the tax payers by using her broom instead of air force 1.

    June 20, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  9. Leah

    Women across the US are behind you Hilary. This is our time.

    June 20, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  10. NameScott

    Please run Hillary our country needs you

    June 20, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  11. hender1123

    All Hillary has to to is keep the welfare check coming.

    June 20, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  12. Bob

    Enough with the experiments. What this nation needs is a highly skilled and experienced, fiscally responsible, LEADER! Ms Clinton let the ball drop over Benghazi, flirted with criminal charges over white water and lacked the spine to take a stand publically against a cheating spouse. She is not worthy.

    June 20, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  13. Denise

    Did Boss Hogg say that Hillary needs to lose weight?

    June 20, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  14. Dave

    She won't end up running. She is just an old white person in poor health, with lots of baggage and no new ideas. She would have a hard time motivating the young and minorities to get out and vote, and right now (it can change) the young and minorities are feeling disenchanted once again...no real motivation, as nothing has changed for them. Maybe a few more women will vote, but not a significant different, and without the heavy young and minorities voting, there is not enough for the democrats to win (given, that also depends on who gets the GOP nomination). Thus, I just don't see her deciding to run.

    June 20, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  15. Denise

    I love it whenever the name, Clinton, is mentioned, it puts the righties panties in a wad!

    June 20, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |