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

Outgoing Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump AG pick Barr grilled at hearing | Judge rules against census citizenship question | McConnell blocks second House bill to reopen government Ex-Sen. McCaskill joins NBC, MSNBC Some Senate Dems see Ocasio-Cortez as weak spokeswoman for party 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 Devi Harris2020 Democrats barnstorm the country for MLK weekend Women's March expecting smaller crowds amid controversy over alleged anti-Semitism Kamala Harris picks Baltimore as headquarters for potential 2020 campaign: report MORE (D-Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann Warren2020 Democrats barnstorm the country for MLK weekend Kamala Harris picks Baltimore as headquarters for potential 2020 campaign: report Dem voters split on importance of women atop the ticket in 2020 MORE (D-Mass.) or Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) Sanders2020 Democrats barnstorm the country for MLK weekend Bill Maher defends Bernie Sanders campaign over sexual harassment allegations Americans need an economy that supports more than the 1 percent MORE (I-Vt.) could win Missouri in 2020.

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"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 ClintonConservatives pound BuzzFeed, media over Cohen report BuzzFeed story has more to say about media than the president Trump knocks BuzzFeed over Cohen report, points to Russia dossier 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 HawleyOn The Money: Shutdown Day 26 | Pelosi calls on Trump to delay State of the Union | Cites 'security concerns' | DHS chief says they can handle security | Waters lays out agenda | Senate rejects effort to block Trump on Russia sanctions Senate rejects effort to block Trump on Russia sanctions Overnight Defense: Trump faces blowback over report he discussed leaving NATO | Pentagon extends mission on border | Senate advances measure bucking Trump on Russia sanctions MORE (R) in a state where President TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday shows preview: Shutdown negotiations continue after White House immigration proposal Rove warns Senate GOP: Don't put only focus on base Ann Coulter blasts Trump shutdown compromise: ‘We voted for Trump and got Jeb!’ MORE defeated Clinton by roughly 18 points in 2016.