Thad Cochran States Why He Won't Debate McDaniel

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Updated: 5/29/2014 7:49 pm
Mississippi politicians are concluding their final efforts before ballots are cast next week. Thursday, Senator Thad Cochran attended an investors’ luncheon in Jackson County. Cochran was in the crowd as the new President of Ingalls Shipbuilding, Brian Coo-Chis, gave his first address since taking over for Irwin Edenzon. After the presentation, News 25 spoke with the senator about the upcoming election.

Cochran has been busy on the campaign trail, but Thursday, Senator Cochran took time out to enjoy the Jackson County Economic Development Foundation Luncheon in Pascagoula. Speakers thanked him for his leadership, pointing out his efforts to create and maintain job opportunities in Mississippi. With election day just around the corner, Senator Cochran reflected on his first campaign in years where he has had an opponent who threatens his incumbency. Cochran says, “I’ve enjoyed getting around to all parts of the state during this campaign but it’s a constant campaign to keep people informed about what’s going on in Washington and representing the interests of our state to make sure that we have economic opportunities here that are equal to anywhere in the nation.”

Senator Cochran has been traveling throughout the state and tells News 25 that though he's enjoyed the journey, he will be glad to see the campaign trail wind up. Cochran also says, “I’ve been quite pleased to be honest with you. I’m glad that the campaign is almost over, that we'll be voting soon, and I look forward to serving another six years in the U.S. Senate.” Senator Cochran went on to speak of the influence the Appropriations Committee has had on the smooth operation of the United States government. When asked why he denied opponent, Chris McDaniel's, debate challenge, he told us it was not necessary.

Cochran closes, “This is not a debating society, this is a race for the U.S. Senate. The people are going to decide who wins this race. Nothing that I say will make that much of a difference this late in the campaigning. Most everybody has made up their mind. I look forward to celebrating a victory on election night.”

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