Star Frosh Senator Claims Clinton "Fast And Loose" With Truth

In a conference call today to tout Barack Obama's Feb 5 strategy, Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, widely considered her party's best new Senate candidate of the 2006 cycle, warned President Bill Clinton to not play "fast and loose with the truth" on the campaign trail.

McCaskill was responding to a reporter's open-ended question about Bill Clinton's evolving diary of public thoughts about Mr. Obama.

"I do not begrudge Bill Clinton's working for his wife, but the one thing I would say is really important to President Clinton to think about right now, because of the larger megaphone he has as a former president, he really needs to be careful with the truth."

McCaskill went on to say that Clinton "tried to manipulate the facts in a way that is patently unfair," "flat wrong," and "demeaning." She did not elaborate.

Gov. Janet Napolitano (D-AZ) urged Clinton to remember that the Democrats would have to unify around a candidate "before Denver," she said, referring to the party's nomination convention, and to choose his words carefully.