“Americans deserve a vote, not a sales pitch, and if Claire McCaskill truly believes most Missourians are on her side then she should step forward and allow the American people to see the votes,” NRSC spokesman Brian Walsh said in a statement. “Every time Missourians hear Senator McCaskill proclaim her political independence, they should look no further than this issue and this debate.”
Senate Democrats, who have been proactive this month in defending the health care law, said Republicans would have to explain their support for repeal to Americans who support many of the law’s provisions, including a ban on denying health insurance coverage because of pre-existing medical conditions.
“Republicans who want to unravel the law that holds insurance companies in check do so at their own peril,” Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman Eric Schultz said. “We just wish they could spend a fraction of the energy they’re spending refighting two-year-old political wars on growing jobs or getting this economy moving again.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.