Sen. McCaskill kicks off town hall series in Hillsboro

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HILLSBORO, MO (KPLR) - One of Missouri's U.S. Senators spent part of Wednesday morning in Hillsboro speaking directly with constituents.

Sen. Claire McCaskill held the first in a series of town hall meetings at Jefferson College. She answered questions for an hour on many topics.

Audience members wrote down questions as they arrived and then the senator answered them.

There were questions on big picture issues including the Russia investigation and the future of Obamacare.

There were also questions on local issues like De Soto flooding.

McCaskill says she likes talking with voters at town halls.

"I want to be who I am and that means I'm a moderate with common sense," she said. "Yes, I'm a Democrat, but I also work with Republicans, and I am more than happy to have people come out and chew on me face-to-face all over the state and I enjoy it."

Kirkwood resident Brian Humphrey, a McCaskill supporter, was among those attending the town hall.

"Well, we get a change to actually ask questions and hear from our representative what she plans to do for us," he said.

The crowd was very pro-McCaskill although there were a good number of empty seats in the more than 325-seat auditorium.

McCaskill plans to hold seven other town halls across the state through Friday.