Mexico was the last stop Thursday for U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, who attended five town hall meetings during the day.
The event was held in the Farnen Community Room in the Audrain County Courthouse. More than 100 people attended to confront the senator with today's issues.
As they came in, people were asked to write out their question on a piece a paper which was placed on the chairs. The questions were drawn out by a man in the audience. After the questions were drawn out, McCaskill stated the person's name and read the question, then provided an answer.
Her first question was if she thought President Don Trump was being a role model for youth by acting like a bully and what could be done about it. McCaskill said she didn't think there was anything they could do about how he acts. She did however say she is willing to work with the president on things she believes in, like getting prescription drug cost down. "He said he would do that." She also stated the president said he would work on infrastructure. The senator said she would be willing to work with Trump on those issues. She added there are also issues she thinks he is dead wrong on.
She was asked questions on the highly debated health care and what were her suggestions. "We can repair it," she said. She told of some of her ideas including a health plan for people 55 to 65 where they would have the option to buy into Medicare. "It would be an extra cost," McCaskill said. The money would not come from what people have paid into Medicare. She said there needs to be a pool for people who do not have insurance at work, with healthy people in it to bring the cost down.
Other topics asked included climate control, sheltered workshops, Planned Parenthood, Social Security for teachers, legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes and how to get people out to vote.
On the subject of voting, the senator said the real problem is voter participation, not voter fraud. "We need to make it easier to vote. Why do we vote on Tuesday, why not more than one day?" She went on to say voting could take place on two or three Saturdays and maybe one day during the week for those who work on Saturday. "Why aren't we making it as easy as possible?" McCaskill encouraged everyone in the audience to talk to their elected officials. "It is embarrassing how low our voting turnout is," she added.
She was also asked about Korea and what can be done. She said one of the hardest questions she gets at town halls is Korea. “He (Kim Jon-un, leader of North Korea) is not worried about the people in his country. He is mostly worried about holding on to power," she said. "I think the thing we have to do immediately is to stop sending mixed signals about our support to South Korea." She said we should let South Korea know we are behind them.
McCaskill said the town halls were terrific and rewarding, even if some people disagree with her. She said she had been in places where she wasn't very popular and to counties she has never won. McCaskill also said she learns a lot at the town hall meetings. She has taken issues brought up at town hall meetings back with her to try and fix. She said town halls ground her.