Guess who’s going to Iowa? Here’s a hint: C-L-A-I-R-E

08/06/2013 6:01 PM

08/06/2013 6:01 PM

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill heads to Iowa on Friday, and that’s significant as the state is home to the nation’s first significant presidential test every four years.

In fact,

The Washington Examiner says

the two-term senator will be the first Democrat to venture into the state in the 2016 election cycle.

McCaskill will take part in a town hall forum sponsored by Emily’s List, a group that seeks to elect pro-choice women candidates.

So what does it mean?

Well, it always means something when a prominent politician ventures into Iowa given the immediate blitz of attention such a visit generates. In this case, McCaskill already has endorsed Hillary Clinton, even though the former secretary of state has yet to announce her presidential intentions.

As of today, Clinton is widely expected to run in 2016, which suggests that McCaskill, who just turned 60, isn’t running up to Des Moines to boost her own presidential credentials, although in theory she could be laying a marker for 2020 or 2024.

But that’s getting out there a ways, isn’t it?

A more likely scenario is that McCaskill is laying the groundwork for a spot in Clinton’s cabinet. “Attorney general” might have a nice ring to it for McCaskill, a former Jackson County prosecutor who can always count on a tough re-election fight back at home.

Only McCaskill knows for sure. But know this: The Iowa trip already is accomplishing what any Iowa trip automatically does, and that’s getting people talking.

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