Sen. McCaskill: Iraq War to Blame for High Gas Prices

The Iraq war is to blame for high gas prices as its cost has weakened the dollar and driven oil speculation, Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire McCaskillBill would target retaliation against military sexual assault victims Senate Dem takes on drugmaker: ‘It’s time to slaughter some hogs’ Week ahead: Drug pricing back in focus MORE (D-Mo.), a national co-chair of Barack ObamaBarack ObamaWatch Obama's full correspondents' dinner speech Five ways Trump will attack Clinton Armstrong Williams: Obama 'should get on his knees and pray' MORE's presidential campaign, said today.

"We cannot economically afford to keep borrowing two to three billion dollars a week from China," McCaskill said on MSNBC. "That's why gas prices are so high. People are speculating in commodities because nobody wants to go near our dollar. We cannot--it is unsustainable to continue to prop up, in the middle of a civil war, an Iraqi government that will not step up and do what they need to do."

McCaskill appeared on MSNBC this afternoon to discuss Obama's planned trip to Iraq and Afghanistan. McCaskill is a national co-chair of Obama's campaign. When host Monica Novotny pressed McCaskill on Obama's plan to withdraw from Iraq despite recent security gains, McCaskill pushed back by saying the war's cost is unsustainable.

"If you can't leave Iraq when it's stable and you can't leave Iraq when it's not stable, that means that we're stuck with George Bush and John McCainJohn McCainExperts warn weapons gap is shrinking between US, Russia and China McCain delivers his own foreign policy speech Republicans who vow to never back Trump MORE--we can never leave Iraq," McCaskill said. See the video below.

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