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McCaskill blames Senate's defeat of Democratic failure with rural America: NPR

Then. Claire McCaskill, Missouri, recognized her 2018 election as a "failure" of the Democratic Party "to gain enough confidence in…

Then. Claire McCaskill, Missouri, recognized her 2018 election as a “failure” of the Democratic Party “to gain enough confidence in rural Americans.”

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Then. Claire McCaskill, Missouri, recognized her 2018 election as a “failure” of the Democratic Party “to gain enough confidence in rural Americans.”

Cameron Pollack / NPR

Then. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., Is about to go home after losing his bid for re-election, and in defeat she blames her own democratic party to abandon moderate.

McCaskill has represented Missouri in the Senate since 2007. During her President Obama, Missouri lost twice and President Trump won it handfully. McCaskill was one of 10 Senate Democrats who drove to reel in states like Trump won and one in four lost.

In an interview with Morning Edition Host Rachel Martin McCaskill felt her loss as a “failure” of the Democratic Party “to get enough trust with rural Americans” and She predicted that her party will struggle to win other places as long as President Trump remains in place.

“This demand for purity, this looks down the nose of people who want to compromise, is a recipe for disaster for Democrats,” she said on Tuesday at her Capitol Hill office. “Will we ever get majority in the Senate again, much less than 60 if we do not have any moderate in our party? “

Interview Highlights

On Democrats Handling of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination:

I do not think my voice [against Kavanaugh] hurt I felt as much as the act that occurred. There were mistakes my party did in terms of how it was handled. I do not think communication to the court committee should have been kept private for as long as it was. The FBI is processing a lot of confidential information, and It would have been decided [Judiciary Committee ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein] of the very real perception that this was an 11th hour of attempting to kid a boy.

On the House Democrats’ future investigations of The Trump Administration

They must be careful with their monitoring that it does not dwarf their messages about how much we want to be done for the people of the country. If we focus on just going for Trump, then he has his foil. He will blame Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats for every problem he has. He will never take any responsibility for any mistakes that he has made. And frankly, many of his mistakes have been pointed out, and it has not really touched many voters we need to move.

I want them to be very careful and careful not to go after him because they can but be careful about where they put emphasis on their messages and time so the American people do not think this is about Trump- bashing. We have problems if they do.

Why is it so difficult to compromise

The problem is the policy ] of compromise. We have evolved into a society where everyone can go to their chosen press office for confirmation and not information. They can go to their chosen sites, their chosen Facebook pages, for confirmation and not information. Everybody comes in their own bubble. And when you’re in that type of echo chamber, it’s very scary to go outside it. People have black bracelets around the democratic kaucus, because it feels like we’ve lost Lindsey Graham. He is someone who was willing to go outside that bubble from time to time and really do the hard work on issues such as immigration. We are still soothing because we are afraid he’s gone.

About Republicans’ Defense of the President

The Republican Party is the party of Donald Trump right now. Now, it really helped him in Missouri. And it helped him in Indiana. And it helped him to North Dakota. But it hurt him in many other places. And I actually do not see getting better for Republicans. And I think there will be Republicans 10 years from now who will look back with regret that they did not get up and talked out at critical moments. Whether it’s a murder of a journalist in a Turkish embassy [consulate] or if someone is on his team negotiating economic cooperation for his company after he became president, it’s all in the same big bag. I would be nervous if I were some of the Republicans, it’s my friends and colleagues in the Senate, as I’ve kept their tongue.

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