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  Missouri Senate Candidate [Steelman]: ‘Ready To Punch Claire McCaskill Out’
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ContributorThe Sunset Provision 
Last EditedThe Sunset Provision  May 26, 2012 01:00pm
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News DateSaturday, May 26, 2012 06:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionSarah Steelman is in hot water once again over questionable comments regarding Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, whom she is hoping to unseat in November.

Steelman, the former state treasurer who’s in a three-way race to take on McCaskill this fall, said at a tea party rally Sunday that she was “ready to punch Claire McCaskill out.” The comments were captured on tape and provided to TPM. In the video, a vendor at the rally painted “Steelman for Senate” on the candidate’s arms and then asked her to pose for a picture. Agreeing, Steelman flexed her arms and said she was “ready to punch Claire McCaskill out.” In the background, someone says, “yeah.”

Steelman’s comments at the Rally for Common Sense were not the first time the candidate has been tied to violent campaign rhetoric.

Earlier this month, Steelman was present at another tea party rally when a local activist caused a stir by insisting, “We have to kill the Claire Bear, ladies and gentlemen.” The man, Scott Boston, also said McCaskill was an “evil monster.” The comment was startling enough that Capitol Police in Washington, D.C. sought extra protection for McCaskill following the incident, both around her home and during her public appearances.
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