SPRINGFIELD, Mo.—A video by a team known as Project Veritas is now calling out Senator Claire McCaskill for allegedly being more liberal than her campaign implies. Veritas is led by James O’Keefe may be best known for his right-leaning hidden-camera-style investigations. You may recall two aimed at ACORN and Planned Parenthood.
Now, O’Keefe (a self-described guerilla journalist) has struck again. This time, he’s targeting Missouri democratic senator, Claire McCaskill, who is deep into a reelection fight against Attorney General Josh Hawley. Now, O’Keefe’s organization claims it has video of McCaskill saying the senator takes more liberal positions on policy issues than she’s letting the public know about. We sat down with McCaskill for an in-depth interview and got her reaction to O’Keefe’s charges.
“’I’ve been very upfront about all my positions,” McCaskill told KOLR10. “In fact, now I remember that very individual talking to me, trying to get me to say, trying to get me to tell him to say something different than what my positions are. And I said ‘No, you’re just going to tell the people in the doors it is what it is. I’ve made no secret that I think we can support the second amendment, and universal background checks, and banning bump stocks. My gun record is out in the open for everyone to see. What’s really telling about this is how far they’re willing to go to fraudulently embed somebody in my campaign. That’s startling. I’ve never seen that in a U.S. Senate campaign before in the state of Missouri.”
Just what impact O’Keefe videos will have on McCaskill’s reelection prospects are unclear, but it certainly remains a tight race between McCaskill and Hawley.
After the video ran on Fox News Monday night, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley featured the Veritas video in a campaign email.
Whether the spread of this footage will be accepted as valid journalism, or whether it will have any impact on the McCaskill campaign or November’s election is for you, the public, to decide.