Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., concedes she will upset a sizeable group of constituents no matter how she votes on Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Roll Call is reporting.
“This is not a ‘political winner,'” McCaskill said.
She noted calls to her office about Kavanaugh are evenly split between those who want her to vote in favor of him and those who are opposed to the judge.
“There is no political calculation on this vote,” McCaskill said. “No matter how I vote there’s going to be a lot of people who are not going to be happy with it.”
McCaskill will face GOP challenger Josh Hawley in November. Republicans consider her one of their top targets nationwide this fall.
Hawley, the Missouri attorney general, has already made the high court vacancy an issue in the race, Roll Call noted.
However, McCaskill said she is not afraid to vote outside party lines.
“I’ve taken some very difficult positions against my party … but I kept at it because I felt it was the right thing to do,” McCaskill said.
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