Sen. McCaskill exchanges points at a Jefferson City town hall meeting.
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Sen. McCaskill exchanges points at a Jefferson City town hall meeting.

Date: August 26, 2009
By: Max Reiss
State Capitol Bureau

Intro:  Senator Claire McCaskill faced an emotional crowd in Jefferson City as she addressed questions on health care. Max Reiss (REECE) has more from Jefferson City.
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Wrap: At times crowd members yelled at Missouri's junior senator during the town hall meeting and Claire McCaskill tried to answer their questions.

But that wasn't good enough for many of the more than four hundred at a Jefferson City Middle School.

Tim haarmann had a heated exchange with McCaskill after he posed his question.

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Description: Maybe I wanna move to a mountain in Montana and live and die and I don't care! But I don't want the government taking my money and giving it to other people! I don't want that!

McCaskill said if Congress approves a government run health care system, then it should require all members of Congress to accept coverage and not opt out.

Reporting from Jefferson City, I'm Max Reiss. Newsradio 1120 KMOX.

Intro:  Sen. McCaskill faces stiff questions and an emotional audience at a Jefferson City town hall meeting to discuss health care. Max Reiss (REECE) has more from Jefferson City.
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Wrap: More than four hundred packed a middle school auditorium in Jefferson City to hear Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill answer questions on health care.

Missouri's Junior Senator made her position clear on the tax implications of the proposed health care legislation in Congress.

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Description: I will not support a tax increase on anyone who makes $250,000 or less under any circumstances.

That comment drew applause, but not from 67 year old Ray Walker.

He loudly opposed McCaskill and said her role in the health insurance debate has consequences down the road.

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Description: She didn't get my vote the first time and she ain't going to get it again.

Reporting from Jefferson City, I'm Max Reiss. Newsradio 1120 KMOX.
Intro:  Senator Claire McCaskill faces tough questions at a health care town hall meeting in Jefferson City. Max Reiss (REECE) has more from Jefferson City.
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Wrap: She answered questions ranging from abortion to Medicare and received as many boos as cheers.

Senator Claire McCaskill stood at a Jefferson City Middle School hearing all sides of the health care debate.

Missouri's Junior Senator said something had to be done to expand health care coverage.

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Description: Honestly, I've gotta tell you the truth: I can't support doing nothing. It is going to harm America if we do nothing. I can't support doing nothing.

McCaskill even said under her breath up at the podium that the audience may go down as the most impolite yet.

Reporting from Jefferson City, I'm Max Reiss. Newsradio 1120 KMOX.

Intro:  Opposition to health care legislation took their case to Senator Claire McCaskill at a Jefferson City town hall meeting. Max Reiss (REECE) has more from Jefferson City.
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Wrap: Supporters wore their Obama stickers and pro-health care pins while those against any health care legislation in Washington held up their signs and confronted Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill.

During a Jefferson City stop to talk about health care in a town hall meeting, McCaskill had to try her best to diffuse audience members' frustration.

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Description: Woman: That is not true! That is not true!

McCaskill: Ma'am , ma'am, I just gotta tell ya. . . I respect your right to be angry and mad but you cannot, you cannot yell out.

McCaskill said the Jefferson City meeting may have been the most impolite yet during her statewide tour.

Reporting from Jefferson City, I'm Max Reiss. Newsradio 1120 KMOX.


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