Claire McCaskill To Elizabeth Warren: Stop Lecturing, Be More Relatable
Former Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill offered Senator Elizabeth Warren some advice ahead of the first Democratic primary debates this week. McCaskill, who lost her seat in Missouri in 2018, told MSNBC’s Morning Joe that Warren would have to be warmer and more relatable.
“Part of the problem is that these candidates below, even including Elizabeth Warren, I would say this is my advice to her, too,” McCaskill said. “You need to get America comfortable with who you are.”
“Because America doesn’t know you very well. They aren’t sure who you are. They aren’t sure where you came from. I would think it would be more important — you know, the reason that Bernie and Joe are so far ahead of everybody is because America knows who they are. They don’t know who the rest of the candidates are.”
“So how do you swing for the fences?” host Joe Scarborough asked.
“I think you have to swing to the fences with humor, I think you have to swing to the fences with people being comfortable that you’re in command of the policy, but not so in command of the policy that you’re not relatable,” McCaskill said.
“That’s Elizabeth’s challenge frankly, sometimes. You know, she comes very close to that professor I just wanted to be quiet. Like I read the material, I get it, quit lecturing me.”
“She’s gotta be relatable and warm. All of them do. If they can come out of this distinguishing themselves from the others by virtue of promoting who they are as opposed to — I don’t think they’re gonna move it by going after Joe.”
Watch the video above, via MSNBC.