Interview with Senator Claire McCaskill

By The Last Word, The Last Word - March 1, 2011

Guests: Glenn Grothman, Cory Mason, Sen. Claire McCaskill


LAWRENCE O"DONNELL, HOST:  In this great nation today, which is more likely?  "A," congressional leaders will make a bipartisan deal on the budget; "B," Wisconsin"s Democratic senator  will make a deal with Republicans and go back to work; or "C," Charlie Sheen will make a deal with CBS and go back to work.



UNIDENTIFIED MALE:  So, the deadline is going to come.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE:  There really is a deadline coming.

O"DONNELL (voice-over):  Deadlines, budgets, and stalemates. 

Democrats and Republicans tied in knots from Washington to Wisconsin.

ANDREA MITCHELL, NBC NEWS:  Is it all about dollars and cents, or are we still talking about unions" collective bargaining rights?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE:  Protesters are still protesting, the 14 absent Senate Democrats are still absent on the other side of the state line, and the governor is sticking to his no compromise gun.

GOV. SCOTT WALKER ®, WISCONSIN:  If the 14 Senate Democrats do not come home, their local communities will be forced to manage these reductions in aid without the benefit of tools provided in the repair bill.

SAVANNAH GUTHRIE, NBC NEWS:  Cut collective bargaining rights and that stalemate Walker threatening pink slips.

CHRIS MATTHEWS, "HARDBALL" HOST:  Wisconsin"s Walker is beginning to pay a steep political price.

O"DONNELL:  Wisconsin Democrats demand negotiations.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE:  It"s either my way or the highway.  And, obviously, Senate Democrats took their pick.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE:  The standoff or showdown has gone two weeks. 

Neither side has budged one inch.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE:  The power grab that"s happening back in Wisconsin is just unprecedented.

O"DONNELL:  As protesters fight to stay in the Wisconsin capitol, leaders on Capitol Hill are trying to work out a deal to keep the federal government running.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE:  It"s kind of an apples and oranges aspect of this whole thing.

LUKE RUSSERT, NBC NEWS:  Will there be a government shut down?  And I think we are in a state of false calm.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE:  Everybody is saying no shut down.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE:  House of Representatives right now, a vote.

GUTHRIE:  Just four days left until government money runs out.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE:  It"s notable that the president and John Boehner spoke on the phone because it doesn"t happen that often.

CHUCK TODD, NBC NEWS:  I swear to God, everything is bizarre these days.

O"DONNELL:  And the unprecedented public battle between America"s highest paid television actor and his network continues.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE:  Charlie Sheen keeps on talking.

JEFF ROSSEN, NBC NEWS:  Is it embarrassing that he called you the goddesses?


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