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TheChat: Claire McCaskill has very specific debate advice for Hillary Clinton

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Happy First Presidential Debate Day.

▪ “Smile.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill’s advice to Hillary Clinton before tonight’s first big presidential debate.

McCaskill added that as long as Clinton keeps demonstrating that she knows what she’s talking about — and Donald Trump doesn’t — that’ll give her a boost. Newt Gingrich warned against Trump being “overprepared. “You can’t stand there and try to remember what some adviser told you to say,” Gingrich said. (link via

▪ “Right-to-work gives workers freedom and makes Missouri more competitive.” — Republican Eric Greitens, the candidate for Missouri governor, on right-to-work legislation.

“I have been against right-to-work for 22 years.” — Democrat Chris Koster, the candidate for Missouri governor.

The two are deeply split on one of the big issues facing Missouri.

▪ “Our past and current practice is that draft budget documents are pre-decisional and, therefore, considered exempt from KORA (the Kansas Open Records Act) until the governor releases his budget recommendations to the Legislature.” — Eileen Hawley, a spokeswoman for Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, speaking about budget recommendations from state agencies.

However, a former Kansas budget director, Duane Goossen, said that’s a big change from the practice when he oversaw the spending plan from 1998-2010. Those recommendations were available for public review during those years, he said.

▪ “We would frown upon Mr. Cuban being in the front row.” — Frank Fahrenkopf, co-chair of the Commission on Presidential Debates, on the news that Trump critic Mark Cuban would be sitting in the front row at Monday night’s debate.

Trump responded by saying he’d put Gennifer Flowers, who once had a fling with Bill Clinton, in the front row right next to him. But Flowers is now not expected to attend the forum. At least that’s what the Trump campaign is saying.