McCaskill packs Keen Bean for campaign stop

By Steve Chapman

Senator Claire McCaskill speaks with Mt. Vernon resident Randee Stemmons, one of about 75 people who came out to hear her speak last week. (Photo by Steve Chapman)

Running for reelection, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, Missouri, stopped in at the Keen Bean in Mt. Vernon on Wednesday. Sept. 19, to speak with supporters about some of the issues on which she is campaigning. An estimated 75 people filled the coffee shop.
During the stop, McCaskill criticized her opponent, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, for joining the lawsuit to declare the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, as unconstitutional. She accused him of trying to wipe out all consumer protections currently in the law.
“I do think his decision to bring the lawsuit was not well thought out,” she said. “This decision will impact every single person in this room.”
McCaskill also criticized President Trump’s tariffs as harmful to Missouri farmers, stating “there’s not a farmer in Missouri who’s going to come out even this year.” She compared the tariffs to the Grain Embargo of 1980.
“We lost half of the farms in Missouri because of this kind of trade war,” she said. “And, what happens is, small people … are more leveraged, they can’t ride it out for as long as the big guys.”
Before McCaskill left, she stated she was surprised at the number of people who came to see her, and said that the size of the turnout showed that Missourians wanted protections provided to them in the Affordable Care Act.
“It was great to have a tremendous crowd turn out here in Mt. Vernon,” she said. “I, frankly, was surprised. It was unexpected that we would have this many people in the middle of a weekday afternoon, but we did, and it just shows you that people want preexisting conditions protected. Josh Hawley’s lawsuit would ruin the protections that we have now and cut Medicare. So, that’s the message we’re trying to get out this week.”


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