Claire McCaskill: Young girls 'are now aspiring' to be like Warren, Klobuchar after debate

Former Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - Judge Amy Coney Barrett makes the rounds on Capitol Hill The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by JobsOhio - Showdown: Trump-Biden debate likely to be nasty Senate Democrats want to avoid Kavanaugh 2.0 MORE (Mo.) said that young girls in the U.S. are "aspiring" to be like Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren won't meet with Barrett, calling Trump's nomination an 'illegitimate power grab' The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump's tax bombshell | More election drama in Pennsylvania | Trump makes up ground in new polls New Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments MORE (D-Mass) and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Klobuchar3 reasons why Biden is misreading the politics of court packing Social media platforms put muscle into National Voter Registration Day Battle lines drawn on precedent in Supreme Court fight MORE (D-Minn.) after Thursday night's primary debate.

"Both Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren did an amazing job. You could see they were both very presidential and strong," McCaskill, now an MSNBC contributor, said on-air Thursday. "There are a lot of young girls who watched this debate tonight who are now aspiring."

Her comments came after both candidates had show-stealing moments during the debate, with Klobuchar earning cheers amid a clash with South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegCindy McCain joins board of Biden's presidential transition team Billionaire who donated to Trump in 2016 donates to Biden The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - GOP closes ranks to fill SCOTUS vacancy by November MORE and Warren going viral for her comeback to a question on age


A moderator had addressed Warren, saying: "You would be the oldest person ever inaugurated, I'd like you to weigh in."

Warren, 70, replied: “I’d also be the youngest woman ever inaugurated."

Klobuchar also had a stand-out moment when asked the same question. The debate moderators first asked Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump, Biden clash over health care as debate begins Biden calls Trump a 'liar' and a 'clown' at first debate Biden mocks Trump campaign debate claims: 'I've got my earpiece and performance enhancers ready' MORE (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFive takeaways from Trump-Biden debate clash The Memo: Debate or debacle? Democrats rip Trump for not condemning white supremacists, Proud Boys at debate MORE to respond, drawing a mild rebuke from Klobuchar, who was posed the same question afterward.

“Thank you for asking a woman this question,” she said to cheers.

McCaskill said those comments were inspiring young women.

She also noted that the debate took place at the same time as the Miss America pageant, adding: "I hope there were more girls watching this debate tonight than watching Miss America."