The runoff election is eight days away, and as the countdown continues, the campaign gets more intense. Monday, Chris McDaniel was on the Coast and spoke with News 25 about the upcoming runoff against Senator Thad Cochran. McDaniel is confident looking ahead to the runoff election next Tuesday, June 24th, against Senator Cochran.
McDaniel was in Jackson County Monday, shaking hands, and he says that it's about time the incumbent senator stepped up to be more available on the campaign trail. McDaniel says, “It's a good thing. He needs to be around the people. He needs to debate me. We've asked him to. We've asked him to talk. He will not talk. He won’t answer questions. He won't be around the press and that’s problematic.” There has been no shortage of campaign ads as the two candidates battle it out on the airwaves.
McDaniel also says, “Senator Cochran has called me a number of names. I wish he hadn't done that, but it boils down to this: I’m a conservative. I’m going to fight for what I believe in, even though he calls me names.”
McDaniel has been hitting the pavement on the Coast. He says Cochran has failed to keep military and industry jobs, especially in Jackson County. McDaniel says, "During his tenure, Ingalls has lost 14,000 jobs. So he hasn't done a very good job of taking care of Ingalls or our military installations."
McDaniel says that veterans, active duty military, and Mississippi industries are his first priorities after 42 years of Cochran's tenure. McDaniel closes, "It’s time to go a new direction, and we will get off the bottom when I get to Washington D.C." Mississippi voters can cast their ballots in the runoff election next Tuesday, June 24th.