McCaskill On Winning The Election, Fiscal Cliff & Wartime Contracting | KCUR

McCaskill On Winning The Election, Fiscal Cliff & Wartime Contracting

Nov 20, 2012

When Sen. Claire McCaskill defeated Rep. Todd Akin a few weeks ago, everyone was surprised by the 16-point margin of victory. 

On Tuesday's Up to Date, Sen. McCaskill will join us to talk about the campaign, her victory and impending issues in Washington, such as the fiscal cliff and troops in Afghanistan.

We'll also talk about the party balance in the Senate and ongoing argument about whose taxes should be raised or lowered.

Sen. Claire McCaskill is a fourth-generation Missourian who was born in Rolla and raised in Houston, Lebanon and Columbia, Mo. She will start her second term in the U.S. Senate in January. In 1982, she won a seat in the state legislature, went on to become the first female prosecutor of Jackson County in 1993 and later was elected state auditor in 1998.

McCaskill's platform focuses on government accountability by addressing the deficit through legislation to cap discretionary spending, banning earmarks and requiring Congress to pay for any new spending. She chairs a subcommittee that investigates wasteful contracting practices. McCaskill is also known for advocating for benefits for veterans, service members and their families.

She and her family live in St. Louis County.