Paul Singer of USA TODAY posted this story Tuesday on the newspaper’s web site:
In a statement posted Tuesday on the website of the political action committee Ready for Hillary, McCaskill said “It’s important that we start early, building a grass-roots army from the ground up, and effectively using the tools of the Internet – all things that President Obama did so successfully – so that if Hillary does decide to run, we’ll be ready to help her win.”
Ready for Hillary is attempting to build grass-roots support for a Clinton campaign despite the fact that she has not yet declared her candidacy.
“Regardless of who you supported for president back then, we can all agree today that there is nobody better equipped to be our next president than Hillary Clinton,” McCaskill said.
In January 2008, in the heart of the Democratic presidential primaries, McCaskill endorsed Barack Obama over Clinton, saying “I have deep respect for Hillary Clinton. She’s a smart woman and a strong leader, but at this moment in history it is very important that we look forward with optimism and hope that we’ve not been able to gin up in this country for a while.”
As Clinton was departing the State Department in February, McCaskill issued a statement saying “if her future plans include seeking the presidency, which I hope they do, then I look forward to being on her team and working my heart out to see her elected.”
Clinton spoke in Michigan Monday night at a gathering of the Economic Club of Grand Rapids.
The Grand Rapids Press reported that Clinton listed a series of lessons she learned as secretary of State, including this: “You can’t win if you don’t show up.” Yet to be determined is whether she will show up for the 2016 presidential campaign.