Claire "Money" McCaskill to Hillary Clinton: "Being Rich is Just Being American!"

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Claire is all about that paper!
Missouri's filthy-rich Democratic senator has sage advice for "possible" presidential candidate Hillary Clinton: Let your money flag fly!

McCaskill went on Morning Joe to give her thoughts on pressing issues like Dr. Oz (bad), the Cardinals (good), and Iraq (she's not sure what to do over there). But then McCaskill was asked about the gaffes Clinton has been criticize for when talking about her wealth, like saying she and Bill were "dead broke" after leaving the White House.

So what advice did the 17th wealthiest politician in Washington with a personal net worth of $21 million, a taxpayer funded salary of $174,000 per year, and a husband whose business affiliations have received $40 million in federal subsidies give to the likely presidential hopeful?

"She needs to be comfortable that they have made a lot of money," McCaskill says. "It's very American, making a lot of money. Many of our modern-day presidents have made a lot of money. So I don't think she needs to be defensive about that."

See also: Claire McCaskill Scolds Dr. Oz for Stretching the Truth About Diets

McCaskill is right. Presidents are usually rich. And of the top 10 wealthiest presidents, four were slave-owners (George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, James Madison), and three inherited vast fortunes (Theodore Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Franklin Roosevelt).

Lyndon B. Johnson was also born into money, but his father lost much of it early on. LBJ wouldn't get back into the 1 percent until the 1940's when he he used his political influence as a congressman to help his wife, Ladybird - a daughter of a wealthy businessman - buy up Texas media properties and make millions.

And Bill Clinton, who wasn't rolling in dough before becoming president, cashed in afterward through book sales and speaking fees, just like Hillary. For the more than $50 million he's taken in talking about himself, Clinton is considered to be in the top 10 of wealthiest presidents.

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Of the top 10, it seems only Herbert Hoover actually made his own money through means other than slavery, inheritance, or political advantage. But he made his money through mining companies during a time when 11,000 workers died every year in the mines, so that money is not without at least a little blood on it.

So yes, presidents are usually rich. But American people not so much. There are 46.5 million, or 15 percent, of U.S. residents living in poverty, according to the U.S. Census. In Missouri, 15 percent of the population is living in poverty, as well.

Nonetheless, McCaskill believes that all Clinton needs to do is be more comfortable talking about her wealth and the huddled masses will Vote Hillary 2016 - maybe because poor people will think they'll be rich under a future President Clinton's economic policies.

"Her policies are about enabling families to have opportunities in America where they can, in fact, make a lot of money and live their dreams," McCaskill said on the show, presumably before going back to her $2.7 million Washington D.C. condo to think about the 15 percent of Missourians living in poverty.

Advice to Hillary starts at around the 7:00 minute mark...

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James Madison
James Madison

Had Ms. McCaskill been a Republican, the headlines would read, "McCaskill Says Poor are Un-American"

Steve Foster
Steve Foster

Geez. Don't think lady, just say whatever pops in your head eh?

Nakia Simpson
Nakia Simpson

Life is too short to be working long hours for someone else and not getting anywhere in life! Now it’s your turn to own your business, make your own hours and be your own boss! Inbox me so you can start living!!!!

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Stephen Mennemeyer

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Jan Jackson
Jan Jackson

And here I thought I would never hear the words "There's nothing wrong with being rich" from the left. It's really about making excuses for Hillary now, after agitating against the rich for decades.

Adam Usher
Adam Usher

I hate even seeing her face I'm my FB feed.

Adam Usher
Adam Usher

Everyone who voted for Claire McCaskill sucks.

Steve Ernst
Steve Ernst

In that case I'd like to become an American, lived in the US ALL 30 years of my life and I guess it still hasn't happened .

Randy Clark
Randy Clark

Huh. I must have been deported without realizing it.

Edward Hecker
Edward Hecker

Is there a member of Congress who has a money flag that isn't too big to notice whether they are trying to hide it or not? If yes, then they must all be freshmen. I agree with Claire's view that there is nothing wrong with being rich as long as one comes by wealth honestly. Indeed it is a core American aspiration. However, comma, selling one's middle class oriented policies and image to a middle class electorate becomes much more difficult if one wears one's very non-middle class wealth front and center. Unfortunately, image and perception are oftentimes more important than substance in our political system. There is nothing wrong with being rich, but Hillary shouldn't act nouveau riche if she wants to be elected as a Democrat.

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

Claire McCaskill is even more out of touch with Americans than Hilary. Bill and Hilary actually came from nothing and then became rich later in life. The Clintons at this point in time I believe are worth over Two Hundred Million Dollars which is really nothing compared to people like The Koch Brothers. No Claire "Being rich is just" Not "Being American" The Majority of Americans are not rich nor will they ever be rich. Claire McCaskill is a great example of a fake democrat. There is a reason why Hilary lost to Barack Obama and that reason is the simple fact that Obama is more of a populist than Hilary. And if Hill Dog is not careful someone who is more progressive than her will come along and steal this next election right out from under her, again.

Ray Thomas
Ray Thomas

damn,i must really be un-american but at least i`m not a third world american

Mark Alan McRoberts
Mark Alan McRoberts

I don't disagree, but I would add that it is your policy and voting record that we will use to make our decisions about politics. Not the noise from the media crowd.

Scott Parkinson
Scott Parkinson

Every sane person also knows the economy shrunk last quarter, wages are DOWN, record budget deficit (he hardly cut it in half his first term), record # of people who've dropped out of the labor pool, record rate of increase and numbers in welfare, food-stamps and "disabled". Unemployment among black American highest since the great depression. Every sane person also knows the no integrity president lied to the faces of the Benghazi family members, lied to all of America regarding O'liar care, "period." He also attempted to close open air memorials to WWII veterans during the height of Honor Flight season just because the titty-baby didn't get his way regarding the sequester(truly a spineless classless move). Every sane person also knows under Oliar that conservative groups were targeted by the IRS yet NO special prosecutor has been appointed, his foreign policy is an absolute disaster. The list is ENDLESS... However the good news is, he watches the news so he can stay informed about what's happening around him. "Forward?" Hope and change? Open and Transparent? Worst President Ever. I suppose everything I listed is Bush's fault as well. That's what America needs, people making excuses for their own shortfalls and the president is #1 offender in this arena.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

hey, moonbats... the guy that owns this facebook thing... is a rich white guy. yet... you don't seem to have a problem using something owned by a rich white guy when it allows you to spew nonsense about how bad rich white guys are.

Nick Leporin
Nick Leporin

Shes makes me sick NOBODY WANTS To HEAR YoUR BuLlshit

James Madison
James Madison

Current stored wealth is $21M, but over the years, they earned $100M or more. Try reading it right yourself.

James Madison
James Madison

RINO surround Claire, that's all. She votes the Democrat line on any close bill, but will "cross" the line to vote with Republicans when there is no chance of passage.

Jim Phillips
Jim Phillips

Gap has increased only because of the Bush tax cuts, every sane person knows that.

Jim Phillips
Jim Phillips

Yes, in Missouri we have two lousy senators, Blunt being a total liar and a crook, and McCaskill not a whole lot better.

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

Actually what she is doing is trying to kiss the asses of all the republicans that surround her. Oh and BTW plenty of leftist people are taking shots at her for what she said, check my other comments above. Besides The Republican Party is far more out of touch with the nation than The Democrat Party. Sorry James but I don't see Clair making any of the same mistakes some of these republicans have made. In regards to the GOP I'm still surprised Missourians still have not "Shut that whole thing down." Yet.

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

Missouri elects a "Democrat" Governor (Nixon) and a "Democrat" Senator (McCaskill) and what do we get? Cut unemployment benefits, no medical marijuana, no gay marriage and an inflated version of Obamacare which is more expensive and harder to get then in other states. Claire is not a real Democrat. She is a shut up pill for shallow voters that never look into the issues.

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

Hill Dog is a War Hawk Pro-Establishment Fake Democrat Just Like Claire.

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

No wonder why she is one of the worst Democrats in the country. Every time Missouri elects a "Democrat" my eyes roll at the very idea because I know that whoever they elected is more right wing than some Republicans.

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

News Flash Claire there are more Poor People in this country than Rich People therefore this "Democracy" Has been built off the backs of the poor.

Paul Pittman
Paul Pittman

Well you read wrong. The Clintons are only worth 21 million.

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

Ms. McCaskill calls the Poor Un-American!

A little truth-twisting headline that would have been used had anyone made the statement besides a Democrat.

James Madison
James Madison

Imagine a Republican saying that! The headlines would scream - GOP Claims the Poor are Unamerican! America only for the Rich! Yet Ms McCaskill gets a pass. "Oh we know what she meant." That is never used when a GOP candidate says something. The media twists and distorts the message. McCaskill calls the Poor Un-American!

Dan Blake
Dan Blake

McCaskill and Hillary can both bite the big one. Stop pretending you care or help care for our veterans when you don't! Bullshit liar con-artists! Hash tag that shit anyway you want. R.I.P. Captain Casey McCausland

David Goldstick
David Goldstick

Senator Claire McCaskill's views are unfortunate considering she's a Democrat in an oligarchic nation where wealth disparity continues to grow. Monied special interests continue to shape legislation that improves their position at the expense of the people. Shame on her.

Zac Nevill
Zac Nevill

I read that the Clintons have received like 100 million dollars just for books and speeches since 01. Then Hillary said her favorite book is the Bible. Thanks for keeping America one step behind

Andy O'doyle Elfrink
Andy O'doyle Elfrink

The combination of massive wealth politicians have,with the impunity they have are contributing to the ever widening gap between DC and the rest of America.

Nicole Marie Oberto
Nicole Marie Oberto

Some of us make good money because we earned it. People should hate on that too? Part of what set us apart in this country was our ability to advance, not be part of two class systems. But if that's what everyone wants (obviously) we are well on our way.

Bryan Sullivan
Bryan Sullivan

"None of that money made it into the family's personal bank accounts." Yeah... Right...

Genia Ackworth
Genia Ackworth

But some middle class & wealthy people have 'old money' from generations of ill gotten family gain.

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