At 'Nasty Women' Rally In Kansas City, Democrats Urge Crowd To Keep Volunteering
Just days before the November 8 election, Democratic organizers and elected officials gathered in Kansas City, Missouri, to urge people to keep volunteering and not let down their efforts.
Saturday's "Nasty Women Unite" rally in downtown Kansas City featured an impressive lineup of speakers — U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill and Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II, Jackson County Legislator Crystal Williams, and City Councilwomen Jolie Justus and Alissia Canady, to name a few.
Although the focus of the event was to rally support for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, the panel urged the crowd not to forget Missouri's down-ballot races and ballot initiatives.
Most national polls show Clinton leading Republican nominee Donald Trump by a few percentage points, although the race remains close and a few polls show a tie.
Sen. Claire McCaskill suggested members of the audience take action over the next few days, by picking up a phone bank shift or going door to door.
"We have today, we have tomorrow, we have Monday and we have Tuesday. I don't know what you're doing for these next four days, but you can give a shift ... We know the voters in Missouri that will put us over the top. What we don't know is we're not sure they're going to vote," McCaskill said.
McCaskill also doubled down on her support of Missouri's Constitutional Amendment 2, which would establish campaign contribution limits for Missouri races.
"We have a couple of billionaires in Missouri that have methodically gone about trying to buy the government," McCaskill said. "Missouri is like the wild, wild, West. They have no ethics laws whatsoever."
Opponents of Amendment 2 say such limitations would violate the free speech rights of individuals who want to give more money to candidates.
McCaskill also argued for the defeat of Amendment 6, which, if passed, would require voter photo IDs at public elections. Supporters of Amendment 6 say it would prevent voter fraud.
"As good as Amendment 2 is, that's how bad Amendment 6 is. We do not have a problem with voter fraud in this country, we have a problem with voter participation ... I think we ought to be going the opposite way, we ought to be having early voting on the ballot on Tuesday instead of trying to limit people's right to vote," McCaskill said.
One of the featured speakers on the panel was AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler. Missouri's race for governor, said Shuler, is the most important one in the nation.
"The union movement's future is on the line with this race, and so we think that certainly, Chris Koster has stood with working families his entire career and we need him in the governor's mansion."
The event was full of Democratic candidates for Missouri statewide office, including Russ Carnahan who is running against Republican Mike Parson for Lieutenant Governor, Teresa Hensley, who trails Republican opponent Josh Hawley in the race for Attorney General, and Judy Baker who is running for state treasurer against Republican Eric Schmitt.
Lisa Rodriguez is a reporter for KCUR 89.3. Connect with her on Twitter @larodrig.
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