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

Former Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillThe Memo: Punish Trump or risk a repeat, warn Democrats GOP senators criticized for appearing to pay half-hearted attention to trial Hawley watches trial from visitor's gallery MORE (Mo.) said that young girls in the U.S. are "aspiring" to be like Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenExclusive: How Obama went to bat for Warren Minimum wage setback revives progressive calls to nix Senate filibuster Democratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm MORE (D-Mass) and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharOpen-ended antitrust is an innovation killer FBI, DHS and Pentagon officials to testify on Capitol riot Five big takeaways on the Capitol security hearings 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 ButtigiegExclusive: How Obama went to bat for Warren The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden vs. Trump, part II Chasten Buttigieg jokes about his husband biking home from work 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 SandersHouse Democrats pass sweeping .9T COVID-19 relief bill with minimum wage hike House set for tight vote on COVID-19 relief package On The Money: Democrats scramble to save minimum wage hike | Personal incomes rise, inflation stays low after stimulus burst MORE (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors Biden celebrates vaccine approval but warns 'current improvement could reverse' 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."