Dem Senator at WWII Memorial: Parks Service Has ‘More Common Sense Than the Tea Party’

On Wednesday, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) stopped by the World War II Memorial which has become a focal point of the political battle over the government shutdown. Speaking to reporters there, McCaskill said that the National Park Service did not intentionally erect barriers to the memorial just to keep WWII veterans out. “People in the Parks Service have a lot more common sense than the tea party,” she said.

“The thing that’s a little confusing is how many people who are here who don’t have veterans from their states,” McCaskill said of the Republican House members who have descended on the memorial to protest the Parks Service blocking the memorial off to vets.

“I’m not sure why they’re here other than to play politics on the backs of veterans, which I think is bad manners,” McCaskill continued.

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When a reporter asked if the decision to close the park was motivated by anything other than protocol, McCaskill said that it was not.

“The people in the Parks Service have a lot more common sense than the tea party,” McCaskill said.

Watch the clip below via Capitol City Project:

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