Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(NEW YORK) — Senator Claire McCaskill, an early endorser of Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president in 2016, told ABC’s Martha Raddatz on Sunday that Clinton is “the most qualified” person “to be a champion for working families in this country.”
McCaskill defended Clinton’s record in regards to the email controversy that has embroiled the former secretary of state in recent months. “I think most Americans understand that this has turned into a political exercise,” she said, “Benghazi has had more hearings, more documents produced, more investigative effort than the entire Iraq war.”
“And at this point,” McCaskill argued, “it’s pretty clear that she implemented all the recommendations of an independent review, she has answered all of the questions.” As for the House Select Committee, which continues to ask Clinton for more answers, the Missouri senator said that “they are really getting into dangerous territory where it becomes blatantly obvious that this is just about politics and not about policy.”
McCaskill echoed others, saying that neither she nor Clinton want to see the former secretary of state undergo a coronation ahead of the 2016 election. “Anyone can challenge Hillary Clinton if they would like to,” noted McCaskill, “the reason people aren’t challenging her is because of her qualifications.”
Raddatz also questioned McCaskill’s endorsement of Clinton, considering the senator endorsed Barack Obama instead of Clinton in 2008.
“That was a tough choice,” McCaskill admitted. “I am glad I don’t have that kind of tough choice this time. This is not a hard choice. And I don’t think it will be a hard choice for America.”
On a weekend where many possible GOP candidates gathered in New Hampshire and took shots at Clinton’s campaign, McCaskill cracked a joke at the expense of Marco Rubio, who also announced his candidacy last week.
“The minute Rush Limbaugh criticized him, he folded like a cheap shotgun,” McCaskill said about Rubio’s stance on immigration reform. “That’s old politics. That’s not what we need right now. That is the stalest trick in the book.”
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