McCaskill speaks to graduates — elsewhere

Monday, May 14, 2007 | 1:21 a.m. CDT; updated 7:45 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 13, 2008
Sen. Claire McCaskill

CAPE GIRARDEAU — Failing isn’t always bad, Sen. Claire McCaskill told high school graduates, because the setbacks can lead to bigger and better opportunities.

McCaskill told 19 graduating seniors from Delta High School on Saturday to remain faithful to their family, faith and calling, and to prepare for life’s setbacks.

Friend and supporter Ernie Brown of Delta ask McCaskill to be the school’s graduation speaker.

McCaskill had an invitation to speak at her daughter’s Catholic high school commencement revoked because the Democrat’s positions on abortion and embryonic stem cell research are at odds with those of the church.

“Having the guts and the courage to fail is an important part of success,” said McCaskill, while recalling the pain of losing the 2004 governor’s race to Republican Matt Blunt.

“But after that, I somehow found myself in a place where I could run and become a U.S. senator.

“That is an example of where your willingness to fail can end up helping you soar,” McCaskill said.

In remarks after her speech, McCaskill praised two graduates for choosing to enlist in the Navy and promised to push for a foreign policy that doesn’t waste their contribution.

“I want to make sure that we are not wasting one precious life in a conflict that has no end, that is not making our country any safer in the long run,” the senator told the Southeast Missourian.

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