Senator Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel face a run-off election in less than three weeks.
The entire primary season, Senator Cochran avoided debating with his challenger McDaniel, stating his reason not to debate was because “…this is not a debating society. We are in this race for the United States Senate, and the people are going to determine who wins the race. And nothing I say is going to make that much difference.”
South Mississippi Tea Party Chairman, John Rhodes supports McDaniel. Rhodes says, “I don’t think [Cochran’s] going to debate because he can’t defend his record.”
With the run-off set for June 24, the McDaniel campaign is once again calling for a debate.
Rhodes says, “Common sense tells you there’s a problem when a man won’t debate. He’s afraid of something. I don’t know what it is. He’s afraid of his record.”
News 25 tried contacting the Cochran Campaign to ask if the 40 year incumbent intends to finally meet McDaniel for a war of words. But as of Friday, June 6, the Cochran Campaign has not returned our calls.
According to Rhodes, a small government and conservative values is what will give McDaniel the victory in the run-off. Rhodes says, “When the people find out that’s his message—that he represents the people and not the big power brokers in Washington—they’re going to come out in droves to watch him.”