ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – An effort to elect the first female President of the United States gets underway this week in Iowa and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-MO, will be there.

McCaskill will be speaking at an Emily’s List town hall forum, hoping to lure former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run for the nation’s highest office. McCaskill was asked in St. Louis Friday if the country is ready for a female president.

“Oh, I think people are very receptive to it,” Missouri’s senior senator responded. “I think that we have gone past the time when a majority of people weren’t sure a woman could ‘handle the job.'”

When asked about her own presidential ambitions, McCaskill says she has no plans to enter the fray.

“You know, I probably have been close enough to a presidential campaign that I realize the price these leaders pay personally and their families,” she said. “I’m very happy in the job I am in and being able to spend time with my family here in Missouri.”

McCaskill became one of Clinton’s earliest backers when she formally announced her support in June.

She said Friday that there are some clear advantages to having a female chief executive.

“Mothers in families are always trying to get siblings to quit fighting, whereas I think sometimes my male colleagues kind of enjoy the fight so I’m hopeful that a woman as president maybe would help us all get along better,” McCaskill said.


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