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Nonpartisan Rankings: McCaskill Lands Exactly in Moderate Middle

On scale of liberal-to-conservative, National Journal ranks McCaskill 50 out of 100

February 24, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The respected, nonpartisan news magazine National Journal has released its annual rankings of members of Congress from liberal-to-conservative-and U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill has landed exactly in the moderate middle, ranking #50 out of 100.

"I haven't made folks on either extreme of the political spectrum happy, but I think that means I'm probably doing something right," McCaskill said. "I've stepped on a lot of toes since I came to the Senate. But that's okay, because I wasn't elected to make friends. I was elected to get results for Missouri families-to expand job opportunities, cut wasteful spending, and help clean up Washington."

Click HERE to read the National Journal rankings.

McCaskill has been criticized by some in her party over her strong support for the Keystone XL pipeline, her work across the aisle to cap federal discretionary spending and draft a bipartisan jobs bill, and her longstanding battle against Congressional earmarks.

McCaskill has also been targeted for criticism over her work to end huge taxpayer handouts to big oil companies and multi-millionaires, bolster accountability over government contracting, and stop the widespread waste of taxpayer dollars through contracts.

Since joining the Senate, the National Journal has consistently ranked McCaskill in the ten most moderate U.S. Senators. An analysis last year by the Washington Post showed McCaskill as the second-most-likely Democrat to break ranks with her party's leadership.

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