St. Louis Public Radio News
6:02 pm
Tue August 11, 2009

McCaskill town hall meeting relatively peaceful

Hillsboro, MO – Shouts frequently disrupted a town hall meeting on health care reform hosted by Sen. Claire McCaskill, prompting her to admonish some in the crowd for being rude.

The Democrat hosted the forum today in the eastern Missouri town of Hillsboro. About a thousand people turned out for the sometimes boisterous meeting.

At times, the crowd shouted out comments to McCaskill. At one point, she paused and told the crowd, "I don't understand this rudeness. I honestly don't get it."

One woman was escorted from the event by police for carrying a sign into the gym, which was not allowed.

Angry crowds have put lawmakers around the country on the defensive as they try to talk about health care. McCaskill had planned two town hall meetings today, but one at University City High School was called off by the school district over safety concerns.