Claire McCaskill will not be attending the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, a McCaskill aide confirmed to TPM Tuesday. McCaskill joins a list of vulnerable Democratic politicians whose home districts are hostile ground for President Obama and who will be steering clear of the convention.
“In years when Claire is on the ballot, she has historically not gone to the convention,” the aide said, “because she believes it’s important to stay in Missouri to talk to voters.”
The aide stressed that McCaskill did not attend the 2004 Democratic National Convention, when she was running for governor of Missouri.
The aide said the decision was just made Tuesday afternoon.In 2008, Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill was touted as a possible running mate for Barack Obama. She was honored to speak on behalf of Barack Obama at the 2008 Democratic Convention.
DENVER CONVENTION: Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO)