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

Former Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillThe most expensive congressional races of the last decade McCaskill: 'Mitch McConnell has presided over absolutely destroying Senate norms' Claire McCaskill: Young girls 'are now aspiring' to be like Warren, Klobuchar after debate MORE (Mo.) said that young girls in the U.S. are "aspiring" to be like Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenEx-Obama official on Sanders-Warren feud: 'I don't think it played out well for either of them' Former Vermont Governor: Sanders 'will play dirty' Hill.TV's Krystal Ball rips Warren over feud with Sanders MORE (D-Mass) and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharSanders says he's concerned about lost campaign time during impeachment trial Sanders touts vote against Trump trade deal backed by primary rivals New Hampshire state lawmaker switches support from Warren to Klobuchar 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 ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegFormer insurance executive: 'Medicare for all' would eliminate jobs that are 'not needed' Buttigieg says he's proud to be a part of US system amid UK royal family drama Buttigieg asked about 'Mayo Pete' memes by New York Times ed board MORE and Warren going viral for her comeback to a question on age

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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 SandersEx-Obama official on Sanders-Warren feud: 'I don't think it played out well for either of them' Former Vermont Governor: Sanders 'will play dirty' Hill.TV's Krystal Ball rips Warren over feud with Sanders MORE (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Ex-Obama official on Sanders-Warren feud: 'I don't think it played out well for either of them' Parnas says he doesn't think that Joe Biden did anything wrong regarding Ukraine 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."