McCaskill 'not sure' Sanders, Harris, Warren can win Missouri in 2020

Outgoing Missouri 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 (D) says that she's unsure whether a prominent Democrat from the party's progressive wing would have a chance at winning her state in 2020, while calling for the next nominee to inspire Americans and convince them that change is possible.

In an interview with MSNBC's "Morning Joe," McCaskill was asked by co-host Joe Scarborough whether Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisWhite House says Biden would prefer to not end filibuster Biden takes victory lap after Senate passes coronavirus relief package It will be Vice (or) President Harris against Gov. DeSantis in 2024 — bet on it MORE (D-Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSenate rejects Sanders minimum wage hike Philly city council calls on Biden to 'cancel all student loan debt' in first 100 days Hillicon Valley: High alert as new QAnon date approaches Thursday | Biden signals another reversal from Trump with national security guidance | Parler files a new case MORE (D-Mass.) or Bernie SandersBernie SandersLawmakers, activists remember civil rights icons to mark 'Bloody Sunday' Progressives' majority delusions politically costly Sinema pushes back on criticism of her vote against minimum wage MORE (I-Vt.) could win Missouri in 2020.


"I'm not sure about that," McCaskill responded. "I do think that what as a party we need to do is make sure that we are nominating someone who is inspirational, and who can convince the American people that they can make things change."

"And it's very hard to make things change when you're hanging out at the ends of the spectrum. If you're on opposite sides of the room," the senator continued. "And saying things that you know will never get 60 votes in the Senate. So I think, what I hope, is there's some authenticity with the candidate who will convince independent voters in my state and other states like mine that they have an equation where they can bring people together."

McCaskill, who endorsed Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGraham: Trump can make GOP bigger, stronger, or he 'could destroy it' Hillicon Valley: China implicated in Microsoft breach | White House adds Big Tech critic | QAnon unfazed after false prediction Jill Biden redefines role of first lady MORE in 2016's Democratic primary, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch earlier this week that she has no plans to re-enter public office but said she plans to continue aiding the Democratic Party.

“I am not going to disappear,” McCaskill said Wednesday. “I am going to help and I think I can help in terms of the party recruiting good candidates, being prepared. I envision trying to help teach candidates some of the basics."

McCaskill was defeated by 6 points in last month's midterm elections by Sen.-elect Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyDeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Chamber of Commerce clarifies stance on lawmakers who voted against election certification Crenshaw pours cold water on 2024 White House bid: 'Something will emerge' MORE (R) in a state where President TrumpDonald TrumpUS, South Korea reach agreement on cost-sharing for troops Graham: Trump can make GOP bigger, stronger, or he 'could destroy it' Biden nominates female generals whose promotions were reportedly delayed under Trump MORE defeated Clinton by roughly 18 points in 2016.