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TheChat: Claire McCaskill has a new label for Hillary Clinton

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▪ “An underdog.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, describing Hillary Clinton in Iowa.

Some Clinton backers are saying that the former secretary of state does best when she’s playing from behind. We’re about to find out: Iowa’s caucuses are a week from today, and Clinton is falling in the polls. Said McCaskill, “She’s got amazing determination and grit.” (link via

▪ “The only good news from this report is that it should finally put to rest those who’ve tried to minimize the threat of sexual assaults on campuses.” — McCaskill and New York Sen. Kristen Gillibrand in a joint statement about the frequency of attacks.

A new survey by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics showed that one in 10 college women said they were sexually assaulted during the 2014-2015 school year, and one in five said they had been assaulted over the course of their college years.

▪ “I bring what this state needs, and that is diversity.” — Missouri state Rep. Tommie Pierson, a St. Louis Democrat, on his candidacy for lieutenant governor.

Pierson is running against fellow Democrats Russ Carnahan and Brad Bradshaw for the party nomination. If he wins, Pierson would become the first African American to hold statewide office in Missouri history.

▪ “Oh, for crying out loud, what century is this?” — Kansas state Sen. Laura Kelly, a Topeka Democrat, speaking about a dress code imposed by a Kansas Senate committee chairman that prohibits women testifying on bills from wearing low-cut necklines and miniskirts.

The proposal, from state Sen. Mitch Holmes, was ripped by women lawmakers from both parties. One question: Where’s a corresponding dress code for men?