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MO-Sen: Claire McCaskill tries to distance self from 'crazy Democrats,' names Warren and Sanders

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) says she's not one of those "crazy Democrats" — but seems to insinuate that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) are. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) has attempted to distance herself from more radical Democrats in the weeks leading up to the midterm elections.

Last week, McCaskill's campaign aired a radio ad widely declaring that the senator — who is up for re-election — is "not one of those crazy Democrats." The ad did not specify who the senator or her campaign believed to be "crazy Democrats."

Now, however, McCaskill seems to be indicating that the "crazy Democrats" may include Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt).

What did she say?

In a Monday interview with Fox News, anchor Bret Baier asked who she meant by "crazy Democrats."

McCaskill answered, "I would not call my colleagues crazy, but Elizabeth Warren sure went after me when I advocated tooling back some of the regulations for small banks and credit unions."

She also mentioned Sanders during the interview.

"I certainly disagree with Bernie Sanders on a bunch of stuff," McCaskill said. " So I don't know those kinds of things which do separate me, I think, from some of the knee-jerk folks that just are against the president no matter what."

McCaskill went on to detail such behaviors that she considered to be "crazy."

"The crazy Democrats are people who walk in restaurants and scream in elected officials' faces," McCaskill said. "We have a state senator here in Missouri that actually advocated for the assassination of President Trump.

"That's a crazy Democrat," McCaskill said. "I don’t do those things. I am not somebody who thinks that we should ever be uncivil."

What else?

McCaskill is one of 10 Democratic Senate incumbents who is up for re-election this year.

In a recent poll, McCaskill trailed GOP Senate candidate Josh Hawley by 4 points, but the difference between the two fell within the survey's margin of error.

One last thing…
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