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Midterms 2018

Missouri GOP Challenger Calls McCaskill Out-of-Touch Liberal

Polls show tight Senate race as Attorney General Josh Hawley insists state wants conservative change

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) has found a way to survive in a conservative-leaning state, but her Republican challenger, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, said Tuesday that streak ends November 6.

Appearing on “The Laura Ingraham Show” with two weeks until Election Day, Hawley (pictured above right) painted McCaskill (pictured above left) as out of touch with everyday Missourians.

“Here’s the bottom line in this campaign, is that Sen. McCaskill has been in politics 36 years,” he said. “That’s about as long as I’ve been alive. She’s been in Washington for 12 long years. And she’s become a party-line liberal.”

Hawley pointed to McCaskill’s record on immigration and her vote against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation. And it is not just Kavanaugh, Hawley noted.

“She’s o-for-six on Supreme Court justices, Sen. McCaskill is,” he said. “And she’s just terribly out of step with the state of Missouri and what the people of this state voted for. And that’s why we’re going to win.”

McCaskill is one of the cycle’s most vulnerable Democratic incumbents in the country. For a marquee matchup, though, there has been precious little public polling. Hawley led the most recent survey, taken last month, by a percentage point.

The RealClearPolitics average shows the race essentially tied.

McCaskill has been dogged by undercover videos from the conservative activist group Project Veritas showing the senator and her staff covertly supporting gun control measures.

“But she doesn’t openly go out and support groups like ‘Moms Demand Action’ or just like other groups that are related to that,” campaign aide Rob Mills said on one video. “Because that could hurt her ability to get elected.”

Hawley said the recordings offer further confirmation that McCaskill is dishonest and does not share the values of Missouri voters.

“People hate to have a politician — especially a lifetime politician like Claire McCaskill — say one thing to their face and then say something else behind their back.”

Hawley said the Project Veritas videos demonstrate his opponent’s condescension toward her own constituents.

“People are tired of that,” he said. “They want somebody who believes in this state, who is not ashamed of our way of life in this state, and is gonna go represent us.”

Hawley also tried to tag McCaskill with the mob protests that have been descending on Republican politicians at airports and restaurants in recent weeks.

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“What Claire McCaskill is offering is chaos at home and weakness abroad,” he said. “This mob behavior, it is chaos and it is lawlessness.”

President Donald Trump already has been to Missouri stumping for Hawley and will appear in Murphysboro, Illinois, near the Missouri line on Saturday.

Hawley said the president could make all the difference in the race.

“Missouri voted for Donald Trump by almost 20 points,” he said. “That is a huge, huge margin in Missouri, which is still a swing state. And it’s because people wanted — they want a strong America.”

“I mean, people voted to rebuild our country. That’s what they were voting for in my state when they voted for President Trump. And his policies are rebuilding this country, and they’re good for Missouri.”

(photo credit, homepage and article images: Josh Hawley, CC BY-SA 4.0, Cropped by Natureofthought)

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