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On the Road with Claire McCaskill

We continue our report from the campaign trail with the democrat running for governor, Claire McCaskill. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

MONDAY EVENING, CLAIRE MC-CASKILL PARTICIPATED IN THE FIRST TELEVISED DEBATE FEATURING THE CANDIDATES FOR GOVERNOR.

WHILE SHE SPENT PART OF THE DAY IN HER HOTEL ROOM, RESTING HER VOICE AND PREPARING FOR THE DEBATE, SHE BEGAN THE DAY WITH A RECEPTION AT THE AMERICAN ROYAL IN KANSAS CITY.

IT WAS THERE THAT SHE MET A-B-C ANCHORMAN PETER JENNINGS.

JENNINGS DISCUSSED THE PROSPECTS OF DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE JOHN KERRY IN MISSOURI.

CLAIRE MC-CASKILL HASN'T MISSED A BEAT SINCE AUGUST WHEN SHE BEAT OUT THE INCUMBENT BOB HOLDEN IN THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY.

SHE SAYS SHE'S BEEN ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL NEARLY EVERYDAY.

BUT MC-CASKILL SAYS THERE ARE ACTIVITIES THAT HELP HER KEEP HER SANITY WHILE MAINTAINING A FULL SCHEDULE.

MC-CASKILL SAYS BEING AROUND HER THREE CHILDREN HELPS.

SHE HAS TWO SONS, AGES 17 AND 15 AND A 12-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER.

MC-CASKILL SAYS SHE'S HAD TO NEGLECT SOME OF HER FAVORITE LEISURE ACTIVITIES.

SHE SAYS SHE LOVES TO READ.

THIS FALL, THOSE FICTION BOOKS HAVE BEEN REPLACED BY POLICY PAPERS.

SHE SAYS WHEN SHE'S TRAVELING, SHE'S READING UP ON THE ISSUES.

MC-CASKILL SAYS SHE ALSO MISSES HAVING TIME TO WORK ON HER HOME.

MC-CASKILL SAYS HER HUSBAND BOUGHT HER A SEWING MACHINE FOR CHRISTMAS LAST YEAR BUT SHE HASN'T HAD TIME TO GO NEAR IT.

INSTEAD, SHE'S SPENDING TIME AT PRESS CONFERENCES, LIKE THE ONE AT THE AMERICAN ROYAL WHERE MC-CASKILL SAT A TABLE IN FRONT OF PICTURES OF PRIZE-WINNING SHEEP, COWS AND PIGS.

AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE, KANSAS CITY MAYOR KAY BARNES ANNOUNCED HER ENDORSEMENT OF MC-CASKILL.

SEVERAL HOURS AFTER THE PRESS CONFERENCE, *FORMER* KANSAS CITY MAYOR EMANUEL CLEAVER RALLIED MC-CASKILL SUPPORTERS OUTSIDE THE LIBERTY MEMORIAL.

MC-CASKILL MADE A NAME FOR HERSELF IN KANSAS CITY WHEN SHE WAS ELECTED JACKSON COUNTY PROSECUTOR IN 1993, AN OFFICE SHE HELD AFTER SERVING IN THE MISSOURI HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN THE 1980'S.

BUT MC-CASKILL SAYS IT WAS THE TIME SHE SPENT WORKING AS A YOUNG *ASSISTANT* PROSECUTOR THAT TAUGHT HER VALUABLE LESSONS.

TONIGHT, MC-CASKILL WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE LAST TELEVISED DEBATE BEFORE THE NOVEMBER ELECTIONS.

IT'S A CHANCE FOR THIS FORMER PROSECUTING ATTORNEY TO MAKE HER CASE...TO THE VOTERS.