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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • McCaskill campaign looking for volunteers in Rolla

  • U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill's campaign was operating at full speed Saturday as she made five campaign stops across the state.
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  • U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill's campaign was operating at full speed Saturday as she made five campaign stops across the state.
    McCaskill visited Camdenton, Bolivar, Ozark, Lebanon and Rolla Saturday — cities she admitted are "not traditionally known as hot beds of big, Democratic majorities."
    During her stop in Rolla at the Phelps County Democratic headquarters on Pine Street, she said she was starting to feel the pressure of the upcoming election.
    "How would you like to spend the rest of your life knowing you allowed (Todd) Akin to be elected to the Senate?" she said. A remark that prompted laughter from the roughly 40 people in attendance.
    "This election is going to be a clear choice between my record as a Missouri-style moderate and an independent fighter for Missouri's families, and Todd Akin, a candidate who is allergic to compromise and would let his extreme positions stand in the way of solutions for Missouri," said McCaskill in a press release in advance of the event.
    "I am extremely humbled and grateful for the work and support from the volunteers in every corner of the state that have made phone calls and knocked on doors because they know how much is at stake in this election. The voter-to-voter contact going on at campaign offices across the state is absolutely priceless and will make the difference on election night."
    A campaign aid said volunteers have knocked on over 500,000 doors and have made over 3 million phone calls in this election season.
    The incumbent senator stressed that her campaign is still in need of volunteers to help convince people to vote for her when they hit the polls.
    "We are going to be officially in charge of bugging the sporadic voters of Phelps County, and Dent, and Pulaski, to all get out and vote in November."
    Several people volunteered to make phone calls, go door-to-door and drive people to polling places on Election Day.
    During her short speech, McCaskill touched on a few of her accomplishments during her time in the Senate she is most proud of.
    "I think my work on veterans issues, cleaning up Walter Reid, cleaning up Arlington, restoring funding to programs that support and enhance life with our veterans.
    "I have really gone after contracting abuses in the military, was able to establish a war contracting commission that actually identified $60 billion of waste and abuse in contracts in Iraq and getting those problems fixed so we don't repeat those mistakes.
    "The work I've done in trying to bring our debt and deficit down – I was one of the few Democrats to say 'I'm not going to earmark.' "
    McCaskill said she is willing to work across the aisle as a senator — and said she believes that is a quality most Americans are looking for.
    Page 2 of 2 - The bulk of my state, just like the bulk of America is moderate," said McCaskill. "What people want is they want us to figure out the compromises and get things done and solve problems. They don't want us throwing grenades at each other at opposite ends of the room. They want us to find common ground. I think this election is going to stand for that, I really do."
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