On Rural Swing, McCaskill Camps at State Fair
Camping out in a recreational vehicle or a tent — like eating a funnel cake or watching a tractor pull — is among the many traditions at the Missouri State Fair.
Among the hundreds of RV's lined up along the western end of the fair was one that bared the name of U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat who is engaged in the fight of her political life this year against Republican rival Todd Akin.
McCaskill, on a campaign swing this week touting her rural credentials, arrived at the fair Wednesday evening to attend a banjo contest and later grab dinner at 'Good Time Charlie's,' a historic state fair vender. After dinner, McCaskill and her daughter headed back to the RV, where they were expected to camp on Wednesday night.
In an interview, McCaskill said traveling through rural Missouri is her "favorite part of the campaign."
"I love traveling all over Missouri," she said. "I understand that a lot of Missouri is not going to vote for me, but that doesn't remove my obligation to go to every part of Missouri."
McCaskill and Akin are expected to attend the Governor's Ham Breakfast, an annual event that draws mostly a crowd of political insiders, Thursday morning.