GOP Senate candidate slams McCaskill over Clinton ties

The top Republican candidate running to face Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillMissouri county issues travel advisory for Lake of the Ozarks after Memorial Day parties Senate faces protracted floor fight over judges amid pandemic safety concerns Amash on eyeing presidential bid: ‘Millions of Americans’ want someone other than Trump, Biden MORE (D-Mo.) in November’s midterm elections attacked McCaskill over her support for former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE in a new digital ad released Monday. 

McCaskill, who is considered one of the most vulnerable Senate incumbents on the ballot this fall, was the first member of Congress to endorse Clinton’s 2016 presidential bid. McCaskill became one of the former secretary of State’s most vocal backers on the campaign trail. ADVERTISEMENTMcCaskill has sought to distance herself from Clinton’s more controversial comments. But the new ad from state Attorney General Josh Hawley looks to turn McCaskill’s support for Clinton against her — in a state President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE won by more than 18 points on 2016.  The new online spot, shared exclusively with The Hill ahead of its Monday release, is meant to hammer home McCaskill’s ties to Clinton and amplify Clinton’s attacks on Trump supporters.  The ad blends video from Clinton’s recent remarks made in India with video of McCaskill speaking about Clinton at the Democratic National Convention and news footage from her 2013 endorsement of Clinton.  “In Claire McCaskill’s America…Hillary is the president. Senator McCaskill led the Hillary coalition. And what does Hillary Clinton think about us?” the ad reads, pivoting to Clinton’s remarks.  “If you look at the map of the United States, there’s all that red in the middle where Trump won,” Clinton says in video of her recent remarks at a conference in India.  “I won the places that are optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving forward. And his whole campaign, ‘Make America Great Again,’ was looking backwards,” she adds. “You didn’t like black people getting rights, you don’t like women, you know, getting jobs. You don’t want, you know, to see that Indian-American succeeding more than you are. Whatever your problem is … working for a woman now, you don’t like it. Whatever the reason was, he stirred that up.”  The ad then ends with more text, telling voters, “This is what Claire McCaskill and her ‘president’ think of you.” McCaskill quickly rebuffed Clinton’s India comments last week in an interview with The Washington Post, disavowing the idea that Missourians didn’t have legitimate reasons to vote for Trump.  “Those are kind of fighting words for me, because I’m partial to Missouri voters,” she said.  “I think they were expressing their frustration with the status quo. I may not have agreed with their choice, but I certainly respect them. And I don’t think that’s the way you should talk about any voter, especially ones in my state.”  Clinton still remains on the minds of many Republicans, including Trump, who fundraised for Hawley earlier this month.  Polling has been mixed on the race, which is considered one of the country’s top Senate battles.  A Gravis poll released March 12 had McCaskill up 2 points over Hawley, while Hawley lead by 8 points in an Axios–Survey Monkey poll released the week before.  In recent weeks, Democrats have sought to hit Hawley by tying him to scandal-plagued Republican Gov. Eric Greitens. Greitens has been indicted on a charge of felony invasion of privacy related to an affair, and also faces an investigation into his use of encrypted messaging apps. 

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