Hawley, McCaskill address health care, Trump, trade in debate

In a debate Thursday night between Missouri’s Democratic and Republican candidates for U.S. Senate, Sen. Claire McCaskill, the Democratic incumbent, hammered Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, her Republican challenger, on health care, the Associated Press reports. Hawley, who has consistently aligned himself with President Donald Trump, painted McCaskill as too liberal to represent an increasingly red state.

McCaskill highlighted Hawley’s role in a lawsuit to overturn President Barack Obama’s health care law, highlighting the law’s popular protections of people with pre-existing conditions.

She also cast herself as an independent thinker who has both sided with and challenged Trump. She applauded the president for his trade deal with Canada and Mexico, saying it has “great promise for continuity and stability for farmers in Missouri.”

Hawley remained defensive on the issue of pre-existing conditions, but he was aggressive in his opposition to other pieces of the Affordable Care Act, saying the law increased insurance premiums and reduced consumer choice.

He portrayed McCaskill as a lawmaker out of step with Missourians on issues including immigration and the recent federal tax overhaul. “She has simply not voted with this state anymore,” Hawley said. “She’s become a party-line liberal.”


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