A rowdy crowd cheered on Senate candidates Thad Cochran and Travis Childers Thursday at the Neshoba County Fair. This Senate race has caught national attention with the hotly contested Republican runoff election spilling over into the general election.
Crowds jumped to their feet at Founders Square as Childers and Cochran took the stage. Each was hoping to persuade the crowd why they are the best candidate to represent Mississippi. Cochran says, "My purpose will be to continue to represent all Mississippians from every part of the state, no matter your skin color or how much money you have, it’s my job to represent everyone."
Childers says, "Poverty doesn't know a political party, lack of education doesn't know a political party, lack of healthcare doesn't know a political party, unemployment doesn't know a political party, and ours is the highest in the nation right now."
Both candidates have big hurdles to overcome in the race. Childers doesn't have the name recognition of his opponent, and Cochran is left with a Republican party divided over the runoff election. Cochran also says, "Whether you voted for me or not in the primary, I'm now asking everyone to join together. Let’s unite so we can win in November."
The message at Founders Square from the Republican Party was clear, that they need to stay unified in order to get a majority in the next election. Cochran also says, "With a Republican majority in the United States Senate, I will have the opportunity to serve as Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee."
While Childers doesn't have quite the same clout, he offers a fresh perspective. Childers closes, "If you're tired of Mississippi being last on every good list, and first on every bad list, then I ask you to join me in making a difference."
These two will continue to rally support until the November 4th election.