WASHINGTON — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill she’s apologized to Bill and Hillary Clinton for comments she made in 2006 that she said were “not necessary.”
In a BuzzFeed Brews interview with BuzzFeed Washington, D.C. Bureau Chief John Stanton, McCaskill — an early supporter of a potential Hillary run in 2016 — said she had spoken with the Clintons about her Meet the Press comments where she said Bill Clinton had been a “great leader” but, “I don’t want my daughter near him.”
“Here’s the deal: I said a lot of things in the last 30 years that I’m not particularly proud of. I mean there have been things that I’ve said that I wish I could take back and I said that… but it was not necessary. It was gratuitous and hurtful and I have apologized to both President Clinton and Hillary Clinton for saying it,” McCaskill said.
The once-rocky relationship between McCaskill and the Clintons hit more difficulties when McCaskill become one of the earliest supporters of then-candidate Barack Obama.
McCaskill acknowledged that a lot of “women were upset with me” for endorsing Obama over Clinton.
“I think they understand that it wasn’t like I endorsed a good ole boy against her. We had two historic candidates. They were both amazing and it was a hard thing to do. A lot of the women were upset with me,” she said. “Having said that, I couldn’t be more enthusiastic for her to be president now. And I can’t wait to work as hard or harder for Hillary Clinton as I did for Barack Obama.”