Obama-Backing Senator Hopes Superdelegates Focus on Clinton Scandals from 1990s

By Jennifer Parker

Apr 23, 2008 2:48pm

On MSNBC today, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, said that as superdelegates consider the controversies that Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, will be forced to deal with should he become the Democratic nominee, they should also think about the 1990s-era scandals that will come up should Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, earn the nomination.

Specifically McCaskill was asked about a report by the Washington Post’s Jonathan Weisman that "a Democratic strategist familiar with the Obama campaign" said in the next two weeks the Obama campaign is "likely to turn to the controversies of Bill Clinton’s White House years — Hillary Clinton’s trading cattle futures, Whitewater and possibly impeachment."

Would you support those types of tactics moving forward given how tight this race is? McCaskill was asked.

"Well, it’s a really difficult decision," said the senator, who has endorsed Obama. "I mean, no one in the Obama campaigns wants — I mean, Senator Clinton talked about her baggage in the debate last Wednesday. And everyone is very respectful and deferential to the Clinton family in our party and we don’t want to do that.

"But, frankly, they keep throwing nails in front of the bus," she continued. "And as voters are considering whether or not some of the controversies around Barack Obama will be an issue in November, people do need to remember, there will be controversies about the Clintons that will also be an issue in November. And I think that’s what we hope superdelegates also focus on."

- jpt

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