Sen. Claire McCaskill held an orderly and mostly respectful townhall meeting in Kennett Monday that allowed opponents of the Democratic healthcare plan to air their views and presented the junior Senator an opportunity to clarify misinformation.
In the first clip, WATCH how McCaskill kicks off the meeting with a sense of openness and transparency. She selects someone "so mad about healthcare reform he can't even think straight" to pull questions out of a box in order to show they weren't pre-screened. The audience, filled with conservatives, seems to appreciate the gesture.
(First clip is more process/Second clip is more policy)
BELOW: MCCASKILL SAYS SHE WON'T VOTE FOR A HEALTHCARE BILL THAT'S NOT DEFICIT NEUTRAL
ALSO: Says it was a huge mistake for some to suggest opposition was "manufactured."
"I just want to make sure as we have this conversation, we get out those folks in the middle . . .," McCaskill said.
Says she's spending a half of every day on the healthcare issue . . . Stresses there's still much work to be done on hammering out the details . . . "This horse is not out of the barn and galloping towards the finish . . ."
Promises there's nothing in the bill that funds Planned Parenthood, and makes "deficit neutral" promise."
*WATCH IT ALL ABOVE*
PLUS: "The most important thing: I have an 81-year-old mother that is incredibly important to me. And the notion that I would ever or our government would ever do anything to cut short or dismiss the quality of life for our seniors is so offensive to me as an American. As the AARP said, it's a flat lie." More from CNN Here.
FOX's TAKE is HERE . . . "McCaskill tried a new tack . . "
McCaskill's office has told The Notebook that she will hold a similiar forum in Springfield on September 1st.