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McCaskill: Sanders Has Made Clinton a Better Candidate

Sen Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) suggested on Monday that Bernie Sanders has forced Hillary Clinton to become a better candidate and to take stances on major issues.

“Bernie’s challenge has made Hillary a better candidate,” she told host Chris Cuomo on CNN’s “New Day.”

“It has made her stronger and more aggressive,” McCaskill added. “I have said an awful lot of good things about Bernie Sanders and the good work he is doing for America.”

The Hill reports:

McCaskill said she is endorsing Clinton rather than Sanders because the Vermont lawmaker “has not identified as a Democrat.”

“He identifies as a socialist,” she added. “The problem is in a state like mine it is very hard for voters to get past that.”

McCaskill additionally said that Clinton has the advantage in a general election, given policies traditionally proposed by Republicans.

“I think she broadens the tent by highlighting the contrast between her policies and the Republican policies,” she said.

“Once the Republicans figure out who their nominee is, the contrast will be very clear,” McCaskill added. “I don’t think voters want to go to the failed, trickle-down economics that have frankly never worked.”

Clinton leads Sanders by 22 points nationwide, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of polls.

He is proving competitive with the former first lady in the early votings.

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