JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A new digital opposition ad released this week by Missouri Rising is looking to connect the dots between U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill and former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
The ad highlights McCaskill’s support for Clinton, whom Missouri Rising calls the most unpopular political figure in Missouri after their polling showed that 62 percent of Missourians have an unfavorable opinion of Clinton.
Missouri Rising outlined McCaskill’s support of Clinton with the following:
- Senator McCaskill was among the first to endorse Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in June 2013.
- McCaskill defended Hillary Clinton for her use of private email while Clinton was Secretary of State.
- McCaskill and her husband contributed at least $49,000 to Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.
- McCaskill said Hillary Clinton had a “strong resume of accomplishments in every important job she’s had,” and that she “did a terrific job” as Secretary of State.
In a similarly styled message, the Missouri Republican Party emailed supporters with opposition to the Democratic U.S. Senator, titling the message “A Tale of Two Claires.”
The message described McCaskill as flip-flopping on the issues, using the following examples to prove their claims:
- She defended her friend Hillary Clinton when she called Trump supporters “deplorables,” but now that she’s up for re-election, Claire wants nothing to do with Hillary.
- She claims she wants to help the middle class but called the benefits from tax cuts “scraps,” and voted to take money out of Missourians’ pockets.
- She pretends to care about the costs of healthcare in Missouri but voted multiple times against repealing Obamacare, which raised rates on Missourians by up to 40%.
Meanwhile, McCaskill will head to Jefferson City this week on Wednesday to speak at the Missouri State Building and Construction Trades Council’s “Rally for the Middle Class”. The event will take place on the south lawn of the State Capitol at 12 p.m.
Benjamin Peters is a reporter for the Missouri Times and Missouri Times Magazine, and also produces the #MoLeg Podcast. He joined the Missouri Times in 2016 after working as a sports editor and TV news producer in mid-Missouri. Benjamin is a graduate of Missouri State University in Springfield. To contact Benjamin, email email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @BenjaminDPeters.