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MS. CARLSON: Are women the wild card for Barack Obama and John McCain? How much of a weak spot are they for each of the candidates, as far as how do they rate with women?
Senator Claire McCaskill is the national co-chair of the Obama campaign. She was one of the first women to back Barack Obama in this election.
Good morning to you, Senator.
SEN. MCCASKILL: Thank you.
MS. CARLSON: And you basically took a risk at that time, when you backed Barack Obama, because most people would say: Okay, woman -- you're going to back Hillary Clinton. What did you see in Barack Obama?
SEN. MCCASKILL: Well, I worked with him really closely during the campaign and then we worked together on some legislation. He was very, very active in pulling us together on the ethics legislation. And I watched him kind of work around senior members of my party and the Republican Party get it done.
And then I watched him -- how he worked on the wounded warriors legislation. You know, people forget that when Barack Obama came to Washington, he could have picked any committee that he wanted, because he was the rock star of that cycle, and he picked Veterans.
MR. KILMEADE: Right. Senator, will you talk about what happened last night? Gretchen was really the first one I knew to point it out, I thought it was emotion, but really towards women. When you talk about Senator Biden talking about his mom and they cut from camera-to- camera and you saw the raw emotion -- do women respond to that?
SEN. MCCASKILL: Well, I think particularly the story of how he raised his boys. This idea that somebody who has all the trappings of Washington available to him, and instead, he took the train home every night to be with his two young sons.
MR. KILMEADE: And still does.
SEN. MCCASKILL: And still does -- every night! I think women -- you know, the fact -- nothing is more sexy to a woman than a good father.
MS. CARLSON: You've got that right!
SEN. MCCASKILL: Yeah, it's true. And I think showing that side of him last night and seeing how comfortable he was with his children and his grandchildren -- and his record. You know, he really did do the Violence Against Women Act, which is huge in this country.
MS. CARLSON: Right. The record, but the images to me, Senator, last night -- even the grandchild putting the arms around the neck. You could tell it was a true compassion. I don't know, it just hit me that this was a smart move for Barack Obama. If he was not going to select you or Hillary Clinton, this was smart move for women.
SEN. MCCASKILL: I mean, how many politicians are there out there that don't know their grandchildren that well? I mean, you know, because our lives are so busy it's so easy to have an excuse.
MR. KILMEADE: (Inaudible) -- across the country.
SEN. MCCASKILL: Right! And so the fact that he was obviously so close to his kids and grandkids was great.
MR. KILMEADE: Senator, women over 50 --
SEN. MCCASKILL: Yeah.
MR. KILMEADE: Right now, Senator McCain's making a lot of inroads there and Senator Barack Obama aren't. Why?
SEN. MCCASKILL: Well, I think that there was a hangover from the primary process. This was a passionate race on both sides. We were blessed by two incredible candidates. It takes some time.
I do know that for the vast majority of women that were out there for Hillary Clinton, and for the vast majority of women that are going to vote in November, they're going to look at the economics of this election. And John McCain has a lot of explaining to do on his record as it relates to women.
MS. CARLSON: Yeah, but it's still going to be interesting, Senator, to see how many of those millions of voters that voted for Hillary Clinton in fact, after this week, will still say that they're going to vote for John McCain, because 3 million or so before this convention said they were going for McCain.
SEN. MCCASKILL: Do you -- you know, really, I'm from Missouri and we have a lot of commonsense. And I'm trying to reconcile --
MR. KILMEADE: Unlike those people in New York!
SEN. MCCASKILL: Right! So maybe I'm trying to figure out here: How can you be for Hillary Clinton and then be for John McCain? They have nothing in common in terms of their principles or their priorities.
MR. KILMEADE: Our policy on "Fox & Friends" is not to feed the guest until after their appearance, because sometimes people just eat and leave. So now you are fully eligible for breakfast, or you can have what Dick Morris didn't take.
It's up to you Senator. You make the call.
SEN. MCCASKILL: You know, that is such a softball! I could smack that thing right out of the park.
MR. KILMEADE: That's not what you're about, though!
SEN. MCCASKILL: If it's got a little bit of Dick Morris -- (inaudible) -- on it, I am going to like leave that one alone, try to appeal to my better angel here and not be quite as catty as I could be.
MS. CARLSON: All right.
MR. KILMEADE: And have some juice.
SEN. MCCASKILL: Thank you very much.
MS. CARLSON: A great pleasure to have you on the show today.
SEN. MCCASKILL: Thank you very much.
MS. CARLSON: Thank you.