McCaskill Unsure Why AOC Is A ‘Thing,’ But Wishes Her Well: ‘Hope She Hangs The Moon’

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December 26, 2018 10:54 a.m.

Outgoing Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), who was defeated by state Attorney General Josh Hawley in November, warned rising stars like Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) against “cheap rhetoric.”

During an interview with CNN that aired earlier this week, McCaskill admitted she was unsure why Ocasio-Cortez was “the thing,” and suggested she is another example of a “bright shiny new object,” like Hawley, who “came out of nowhere and surprised people.”

“I’m not sure what she’s done yet to generate that kind of enthusiasm, but I wish her well, I hope she hangs the moon,” McCaskill said of Ocasio-Cortez. “But I hope she also realizes that the parts of the country that are rejecting the Democratic Party, like a whole lot of white working-class voters, need to hear about how their work is going to be respected, and the dignity of their jobs, and how we can really stick to issue that we can actually accomplish something on.”

“The rhetoric is cheap,” she continued, after suggesting that agenda items like Ocasio-Cortez’s push for free college tuition, won’t get anywhere in the Senate. “Getting results is a lot harder.”

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