Claire McCaskill: Young girls 'are now aspiring' to be like Warren, Klobuchar after debate

Former Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillMissouri county issues travel advisory for Lake of the Ozarks after Memorial Day parties Senate faces protracted floor fight over judges amid pandemic safety concerns Amash on eyeing presidential bid: ‘Millions of Americans’ want someone other than Trump, Biden MORE (Mo.) said that young girls in the U.S. are “aspiring” to be like Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass) and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Democrats demand Republican leaders examine election challenges after Georgia voting chaos Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-Minn.) after Thursday night’s primary debate.

“Both Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren did an amazing job. You could see they were both very presidential and strong,” McCaskill, now an MSNBC contributor, said on-air Thursday. “There are a lot of young girls who watched this debate tonight who are now aspiring.”

Her comments came after both candidates had show-stealing moments during the debate, with Klobuchar earning cheers amid a clash with South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE and Warren going viral for her comeback to a question on age. 

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A moderator had addressed Warren, saying: “You would be the oldest person ever inaugurated, I’d like you to weigh in.”

Warren, 70, replied: “I’d also be the youngest woman ever inaugurated.”

Klobuchar also had a stand-out moment when asked the same question. The debate moderators first asked Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE to respond, drawing a mild rebuke from Klobuchar, who was posed the same question afterward.

“Thank you for asking a woman this question,” she said to cheers.

McCaskill said those comments were inspiring young women.

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She also noted that the debate took place at the same time as the Miss America pageant, adding: “I hope there were more girls watching this debate tonight than watching Miss America.” 

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