Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) told Morning Joe Tuesday morning that she probably wouldn’t invite President Barack Obama to campaign with her if she were running in a state where his approval rating is underwater.
“I’m try to be really candid and honest on this show,” she said. “The president’s numbers are not strong in my state or in Arkansas or Louisiana or in North Carolina. He did not win those states when he ran for reelection in 2012.”
“But that doesn’t mean that you can’t win,” she continued. “These candidates in those states are strong candidates. They have been an independent voice for their states. They know how to stay on offense and talk about the Republicans shutting down the government, and the Republicans marginalizing great, hard working people who come to this country wanting nothing more than be a part of the American dream.”
“I think this issue of whether or not you have Obama come to your state is something we like to focus on in Washington, but probably is not that important when you get out to these states,” she concluded.
McCaskill won reelection in 2012, in part due to Todd Akin’s infamous statement about “legitimate rape” that tanked his poll numbers.
Watch the clip below, via MSNBC:
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