Sen. Cotton: Missourians deserve better than a party line vote for the Washington Democratic Party

In case you missed it, over the weekend U.S. Senator Tom Cotton called out partisan Senator Claire McCaskill for her votes against President Trump and the people of Missouri, including her opposition to Gina Haspel’s nomination for CIA Director last week. A few highlights from his press call can be found below:

“On Thursday the Senate rightly confirmed Gina Haspel as the Director of the CIA. Gina is a career professional and is no doubt the best choice for this position.

“I have worked with her personally as a member of the Intelligence Committee during her time overseas and then as Deputy Director of the CIA. And I can attest to her professionalism, her work ethic, and most important, her character. I know that she will be absolutely critical in the fight to keep our families safe and secure.

“Unfortunately, on Thursday, Senator McCaskill proved once again that she is so liberal and so reflexively opposed to the President that she cannot represent Missourians in the Senate, that she puts partisan politics over national security, and voted no on Gina Haspel. Even more amazing, she couldn’t even own up to her own vote. Claire McCaskill hid out for days and declined to take a position until the very final moment. And then after voting against Gina, she wouldn’t even post a statement on her website defending her vote.

“But, Claire McCaskill ultimately can’t hide from the people of Missouri. Missourians will remember the vote in November and will remember Senator McCaskill apparently cares more about Chuck Schumer, obstruction, and politics than keeping this country safe. And in particular, I think Missourians will be appalled that Senator McCaskill claimed Gina Haspel lacked the moral compass or doesn’t reflect our values because she might have, at one point in her life, have been too tough on terrorists.”


“I spend a lot of time in Missouri as one of your neighbors. I think I know a lot about what keeps Missourians up at night and what drives them throughout the day. They have a lot in common with Arkansas. It’s been disappointing to see Senator McCaskill’s liberal voting record for the last few years not only on Gina Haspel’s nomination but on Neil Gorsuch’s nomination, on the nomination of good law and order judges, voting against the biggest tax cut in thirty years, voting against the border wall. I frankly think Missourians deserve a Senator who will be an independent voice for them, not a party line vote for the Washington Democratic Party.

“I got to know Josh early in the campaign. He’s an incredibly impressive candidate. I think he’s done a great job as your Attorney General. We have a lot in common. He’ll replace me as the youngest Senator, I’m happy to say, once Missourians elect him this November. So we’ve talked about life in the Senate and balancing the demands of raising a family and representing the people of our state. I think he’s a good man who’s going to be an outstanding Senator.”