Claire McCaskill Warns Democrats Not to Demand ‘Purity’ or Look ‘Down’ on People Who Want Compromise

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Outgoing Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) recently indicated that her party has become too inflexible and needs more moderates if Democrats want to regain a majority in the Senate in 2020 — or ever.

“Will we ever get to a majority in the Senate again, much less to 60, if we do not have some moderates in our party?” she asked during an interview with NPR.

The senator also discounted the idea that she could have won her 2018 midterm race if she had run on a platform farther to the left and embraced more progressive ideas like single-payer health care.

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“People want to say, ‘Oh, if you were just for single payer, Claire. If you were just more to the left, well, a lot more people would have turned out to vote.’ Wrong!” she said.

Earlier in the interview, McCaskill also suggested that Democrats had gone too far to the left and were unwilling to compromise and warned them against continuing to do so.

“This demand for purity, this looking down your nose at people who want to compromise, is a recipe for disaster for the Democrats,” she said.

Listen to her comments below:

McCaskill also revealed that Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) was her best Republican friend in the Senate.

When asked about Democrats’ newly-won House majority, McCaskill warned that her party shouldn’t use its oversight power to just go after Trump.

“If we just go after Trump, he will blame Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats for every problem he has,” she said, “and frankly, a lot of his mistakes have been pointed out, and it hasn’t really moved a lot of the voters that we need to move.”

McCaskill was unseated by Republican challenger Josh Hawley during her race for reelection to one of Missouri’s Senate seats last month.

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KhyberRifle
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Too late Claire. The disease of Intractability has already spread. Anyone who shows capitulation, compromise or even an acknowledgement that the other side is entitled to have a different view is vilified. Thanks for the comment -though it might have gained traction had you revealed your reasoning while in office.

Phyllis Softa
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If you perceive this is the first time McCaskill has spoken of compromise, you have not followed her for the last 12 years. Have you had this discussion with any member of the House Freedom Caucus, or is compromise only a practice you expect from Democrats? Have you ever heard a Democrat leader call one of their caucus members “a legislative terrorist”? Exactly what Boehner called Jim Jordan.

Phoenix
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Yes!!!! Learn to bend on things or lose voters. We need more practical people like this in office or even just speaking up would be nice.

Phyllis Softa
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Thank you, Phoenix! We need SANE and practical people. BUT we need a sane and practical electorate to achieve it. I do not understand how people think Congress, international diplomacy, or politics is different than everyday life. Who has gotten everything they wanted from a negotiation without out giving something in return? We are not voting for magicians, we are voting for leaders. I want leaders that can articulate the long & short term consequences to their constituents.

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