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Claire McCaskill Lambasts GOP For 'Spinning Distortions and Lies' About Health Care

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Sen. Claire McCaskill isn't pulling her punches any longer.

Currently down in the polls, the Missouri Democrat "set a feisty, defiant tone for her re-election campaign" on Monday, blasting the GOP for spreading lies about the health care law that remains unpopular in Missouri, according to the Kansas City Star.

“We have a mandate now,” McCaskill said at the event. “The mandate is through the emergency room. So if someone decides to buy a new Harley-Davidson instead of paying for health care, we pay their bills when they show up at the emergency room. That’s why our insurance rates keep going up."

She also said President Barack Obama approves of her decision to skip the Democratic National Convention next month.

“He thinks it’s the right thing to do,” she said. “The notion that I would be out hobnobbing with donors at cocktail parties after Labor Day rather than here in Missouri fighting, if the Republicans think I’m that dumb, they’ve got me confused with somebody else.”

This is McCaskill's first reelection campaign in the Senate after her 2006 election to the post. Four Republicans are vying to unseat her in November.

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