The Democratic Majority Project Part 2 - Claire McCaskill
Talent has been a consistently backed the most hardline elements of his party. He voted against a resolution recognizing a woman's basic right to choose, voted to let the Energy Department waste $37 million on bunker-busting nuclear bombs, voted to make it harder for workers to get overtime pay, and co-sponsored the Constitutional amendment banning equal rights for same-sex couples. He received a 100 from the Christian Coalition, and a zero from the League of Conservation Voters. He has also been woefully ineffective for Missourians - other than non-binding resolutions, he has not introduced a single piece of legislation that has been passed by the Senate.
Worst of all, Talent has been the Equivocator-in-Chief on the vital issue of stem cell research. Last year, he co-sponsored Sam Brownback's bill to ban stem cell research, but then withdrew his support for the bill after McCaskill began criticizing his disgraceful position on the issue. After the press slammed him for the election-year 'change of heart', Talent reversed himself again. He announced his opposition to a Missouri ballot initiative which would have allowed the state to fund stem cell research within the bounds of federal law, and then voted against the stem cell bill that passed the Senate this week.
Claire McCaskill has served as Missouri's State Auditor since 1999, and has been "one of the most active and effective auditor's in Missouri History" according to the Columbia Daily Tribune. As she says on her campaign website, she has "exposed faults in employee background checks for workers helping vulnerable people, including nursing home caregivers and school bus drivers." You can read more about her impressive record as State Auditor here.
In the Senate, she will fight to expand Medicare benefits for seniors, protect our environment and free us of our dependence on foreign oil by investing in alternative energy and more fuel-efficient vehicles, and fully fund No Child Left Behind (the underfunding of NCLB has been one of the most underreported travesties of the Bush administration).
This is a close and very winnable race - recent polls have had McCaskill tied with Talent or even slightly ahead of him. But Talent has raised nearly $20 million compared to just $4 million for McCaskill, and has more than three times as much cash-on-hand. Talent will be able to distort his record all the way up until election day, and we need to make sure Claire McCaskill has the resources to set the record straight.
Help Claire take back the Senate seat that was once held by Harry Truman, and end GOP control of the Senate!
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UPDATE: One of our readers made a good catch - Talent also voted against a minimum wage increase last month.
UPDATE II: For the first time, I've decided to highlight the comment of one of the readers of this blog - our resident troll, who goes by the sarcastic moniker "liebermanforlieberman." This is what he said about stem cell research:
I wonder if people care that much care about something like stem cell research right now, when our troops are being wiped out in Iraq and our Constitution is under attack by Lieberman/Bush/Cheney. To me, worrying about stem cell research right now seems pretty frivolous.I agree that Iraq is a vital issue and the loss of thousands of lives there is tragic (believe it or not, I oppose the war), but such a complete lack of understanding of the promise of stem cell research and the seriousness of the issue is incomprehensible. This research holds the promise to save quite literally hundreds of millions of lives, and improve the quality of life for many more. Stem cells may hold the potential for providing revolutionary treatments for cancer, muscular dystrophy, ALS, Parkinson's disease, paralysis and countless other life-threatening illnesses.
The Lieberhaters' singleminded focus on Iraq is absurd if it comes at the expense of research with potential to save lives worldwide, long after the Iraq War ends. I sincerely hope "liebermanforlieberman" doesn't speak for all of Lieberman's opponents when he calls this vital research "frivolous."
Update III: That troll cleverly deleted the comment from the string. However, I would be more than happy to email a saved copy of the comments page to whoever wishes to read the callous post for themselves. In any case, this is the first and probably last time that I will negatively highlight a reader's comment, but the issue of stem cell research is both germane to this post and vital to the country.
This also is just further proof that for all the claims of Lieberman's detractors that their opposition isn't just about Iraq, their words and actions prove that some of them can't even look past Iraq long enough to help save countless lives.