Cochran focusing on Childers, not McDaniel

August 12, 2014

In a visit to Greenwood Monday, U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran was focusing on economics and his fall general election campaign against Democrat Travis Childers despite lingering challenges from his primary opponent.

Cochran held a coffee reception with supporters Monday morning at the historic Elks Lodge in downtown Greenwood before touring the newly expanded Milwaukee Electric Tool plant and joining the Greenwood Rotary Club for lunch.

The longtime Republican incumbent said he wasn’t worried about a legal challenge to his June 24 runoff victory in the Republican primary over his tea party-backed challenger, state Sen. Chris McDaniel.

“I’m not thinking about that challenge or worrying about it,” Cochran said. “I’m campaigning in a positive way on my abilities and my proven experience to get things done for the betterment of Mississippi.”

The bitterly fought campaign against McDaniel – Cochran’s toughest re-election bid since first being elected to the U.S. Senate in 1978 – has continued to drag on, with the challenger alleging in a lawsuit that irregularities and illegally cast ballots robbed him of the election.

As part of the challenge, McDaniel’s lawyers have pointed to a paid interview by Meridian preacher Stevie Fielder, who claimed that the Cochran campaign tried to recruit him to solicit black voters in Lauderdale County to back Cochran by offering to pay them $15 each.

Attorney General Jim Hood has since claimed that it was Noel Fritsch, a McDaniel campaign spokesman, who paid Fielder $2,000 to tell that story. Both Fielder and Fritsch deny Hood’s accusation, and Fielder has insisted that Cochran campaign aides did approach him with the scheme.

Monday, Cochran said he didn’t know whether the conversations had taken place or not. “I wasn’t part of it,” he said. “I’ve not been involved in the argument one way or the other. I’m campaigning on my performance as a U.S. senator and my ability to do the job in a way that reflects credit on the people of Mississippi.”

Cochran said that his appeal to both white and black voters in the normally politically polarized state is based on his long track record of representing the interests of the entire state.

“I think people … know that I don’t have prejudices that bias me for or against one race or color or creed,” Cochran said. “I am trying to represent all of the people of Mississippi, whatever their political inclinations or economic background may be.”

Cochran said his focus in the Senate has been on spurring economic growth in Mississippi and promoting strong jobs growth throughout the state.

He said he wouldn’t be second-guessing President Barack Obama’s decision to order airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq or the president’s decisions to pull U.S. troops out of the country.

“I’m respecting the decisions they are making on the details and the challenges that they are facing on the battlefield,” Cochran said. “I’m not going to purport to say that I know how to do it better.”

Cochran did say that President Obama’s reported intention to use executive orders to bypass Congress on immigration reform to grant legal status to potentially millions of illegal immigrants would be constitutional overreach.

“Ultimately that’s the role for Congress to play, not the president,” Cochran said. “He doesn’t have the capability of unilaterally devoting the energies of his administration to that kind of initiative.”


WTVA: U.S. Senate race featured at Neshoba County Fair

The senator, who’s running for a seventh term, made an appeal for all Republicans to unite so the party can win in the fall election. That appeal came before an overwhelmingly pro-Cochran crowd.

Sun Herald: Age is just a number and a spot of tea: Senate speeches headline Neshoba

The majority of the overflow crowd in Founders Square backed Cochran and dozens waved “Thad” signs and gave him a standing ovation.

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When Cochran came out, he got a standing ovation and held he crowd very well.

WJTV: Political Showdown at the Neshoba County Fair

“I’m running on my own and trying to do what’s best for Mississippi…” says Senator Cochran.

AP: GOP’s Cochran seeks voters at ‘Giant Houseparty’

Republican Sen. Thad Cochran said Thursday that he’s asking for the support of Mississippi voters in November “no matter your skin color, or how much money you have.”

Clarion Ledger: Cochran, Childers stump at Neshoba; McDaniel supporters quiet

“If you’ve been near a television set, you might have heard or seen some things about me,” Cochran said. “Some of the pictures I saw even made me look a little bit older than I thought I was. But I’m not bothered by it — not too much.”
Cochran, 76, then referenced a former Neshoba County Fair speaker who once faced questions about his age — President Ronald Reagan, who spoke here in 1980. “I think Ronald Reagan turned out to be a pretty good president.”

DJournal: Fair talks focus on Senate race

“The past seven months have included a hard-fought primary campaign,” Cochran said before a boisterous and large crowd underneath and surrounding the tin-roofed Founders Square Pavilion where he spoke just after his Democratic challenger, Travis Childers. “I am honored to be the Republican nominee for the state of Mississippi. I accept your nomination.”

WDAM: Senate race kicks off at Neshoba County Fair

The last of the political speeches at the Neshoba County Fair wrapped up Thursday morning, and for some, it was the kickoff for the United States Senate general election.

United States Senator Thad Cochran’s Remarks
General Election Speech at the Neshoba County Fair
Thursday, July 31, 2014, 10:30 am

Thank you very much for the very warm welcome back to the Neshoba County Fair! Thank you also for giving me the honor and opportunity of serving as your United States Senator.

The past seven months have included a hard-fought primary campaign.  I am honored to be the Republican nominee for the State of Mississippi.  I accept your nomination!

A lot of people worked very hard campaigning for me, and I am sincerely grateful for that support. Whether you voted for me in the primary or not, I’m now asking everyone to join together so we can win in November. Because, if there is one thing we can all agree on, it’s that Mississippi is worth fighting for!

As your United States Senator, 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. I will continue to be accessible, willing to listen, and working to get things done for Mississippi.

And, I will work with anyone—state and local officials, business and community leaders—who have ideas about how to create economic opportunity for Mississippians. That is my continued commitment to you.

If you happened to walk by a television during the past few months, you might have seen or heard some things about me! Some pictures even made me look a little bit “older.” But, I’m not bothered by it……….not too much!

I remember another Republican who spoke at the Fair a few years ago and some people criticized his age. I don’t know about you, but I think Ronald Reagan turned out to be a great President!

Today, as we launch the general election campaign, I want to share with you some of my priorities for the future.

Having access to affordable, quality health care is something we all want.  But, more government control over our lives is not the solution! That’s why I’ve always opposed ObamaCare and have written legislation to repeal it.

ObamaCare has been flawed from the beginning, the implementation has been a disaster, and it’s time to stop it once and for all!

Stopping wasteful spending and reducing our national debt are also top priorities. With a new Republican majority in the United States Senate, I will have the opportunity to serve as Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. In that position, I can do more for Mississippi, and at the same time, work to stop wasteful federal spending.

Making government more efficient and creating an environment of less burdensome regulation will allow the free market to flourish, and create more jobs and prosperity for everyone.

Agriculture is extremely important to our state, and I have had the opportunity to work closely with Mississippi’s farm families. I am pleased to have been a part of writing the recent Farm Bill, which ensures that America continues to have a plentiful and safe supply of food and fiber and forest products. Mississippi’s farmers are worth fighting for, and we should never take for granted how much farmers contribute to our quality of life.

As we have seen recently, the world continues to be an unpredictable and dangerous place. It is more important than ever that America maintain its military strength to defend our freedom.

I served on active duty in the United States Navy, and I fully appreciate how our men and women in uniform—and our veterans—deserve our support. I am grateful to all of the Mississippians who play key roles in our national defense.

I will also keep working to make sure the military bases across our state are up-to-date and strong.  They are good for our country and good for our local communities as well.

We should also support the industries that support our military forces.  Raytheon in Forest and Ingalls Shipbuilding on the Coast are good examples. These jobs help provide the training and resources needed for our national security.

Making sure we are safe and secure within our own borders is also very important. But, we have an immigration crisis on America’s southern border, and even though the President has tried to ignore the problem, it must be addressed. Money alone will not solve our immigration problem, but solving it will require a commitment to enforce the laws of our land.

I know people get frustrated with Washington. I do too! I share that frustration because there’s so much at stake, and there’s a lot that needs to be done. I also know the best way to change Washington quickly is to elect a Republican majority in the United States Senate in November.

I have been honored with the endorsement of many groups who share our values of more freedom, economic opportunity, and traditional values. I am very grateful to have the endorsement from the National Rifle Association and the National Right to Life organization.

Most of all, I would appreciate your personal endorsement on my behalf to your friends and family. With your help….together….we can make sure Mississippi is a place of great opportunity for our children and grandchildren.

Thank you for your support in the past.  I also need your help and your vote to make sure we win in November.

I am running for reelection because Mississippi is worth fighting for!

Thank you very much!


Please come show your support for Senator Thad Cochran at the Neshoba County Fair this Thursday morning, July 31 at 10:30 a.m. when he speaks at the Founder’s Square Pavilion in Philadelphia, Mississippi.

As Thad launches the general election campaign at the Fair, this will be a great time to show how excited Mississippians are about this November’s election and the opportunity for a new Republican majority in the United States Senate.

Be sure to get there early to get a good seat for one of Mississippi’s greatest campaign traditions.

Update 4: 79 of 82 Counties BY thadforms

Jackson, MS – U.S. Senator Thad Cochran’s campaign released the following statement and updated county-by-county review numbers:

“An extensive review of 79 out of 82 counties has confirmed what we already knew: Senator Cochran clearly won the election,” said campaign spokesman Jordan Russell. “While there have been baseless accusations, the county-by-county review found very few votes that could be questioned and were due to routine clerical errors found in any election. It is time for Republicans to come together and focus on making sure this seat is part of a new Republican Senate majority.”

The updated totals show 909 votes that could be questioned out of over 382,000 votes cast statewide, which is less than 0.25% percent. Senator Cochran’s margin of victory was over 7,600 votes.

Adams Complete – 2
Alcorn Complete – 0
Amite Complete – 6
Attala Complete – 18
Benton Complete – 0
Bolivar Complete – 2
Calhoun Complete – 2
Carroll Complete – 1
Chickasaw Complete – 2
Choctaw Complete – 13
Claiborne Complete – 10
Clarke Complete – 0
Clay Complete – 2
Coahoma Complete – 1
Copiah Complete – 6
Covington Complete – 0
DeSoto Complete – 33
Forrest Complete – 92
Franklin Complete – 3
George Complete – 6
Greene Complete – 3
Grenada Complete – 15
Hancock Complete – 1
Harrison Still Examining
Hinds Complete – 331
Holmes Complete – 22
Humphreys Complete – 11
Issaquena Complete – 0
Itawamba Complete – 9
Jackson Complete – 24
Jasper Complete – 5
Jefferson Complete – 0
Jefferson Davis Complete – 3
Jones No Examination Yet
Kemper Complete – 0
Lafayette Complete  35
Lamar Complete – 1
Lauderdale Complete – 7
Lawrence Complete – 9
Leake Complete – 5
Lee Complete – 24
Leflore Complete – 5
Lincoln Complete – 4
Lowndes Complete – 2
Madison Complete – 39
Marion Complete – 1
Marshall Still Examining – 8
Monroe Complete – 0
Montgomery Complete – 4
Neshoba Complete – 5
Newton Complete – 0
Noxubee Complete – 16
Oktibbeha Complete – 0
Panola Complete-  6
Pearl River Complete – 0
Perry Complete – 1
Pike Complete – 7
Pontotoc Complete – 3
Prentiss Complete – 0
Quitman Complete – 4
Rankin Complete – 0
Scott Complete – 0
Sharkey Complete – 4
Simpson Complete – 7
Smith Complete – 0
Stone Complete – 0
Sunflower Complete – 4
Tallahatchie Complete – 0
Tate Complete – 4
Tippah Complete – 12
Tishomingo Complete – 5
Tunica Complete – 9
Union Complete – 9
Walthall Complete – 6
Warren Complete – 19
Washington Complete – 6
Wayne Complete – 3
Webster Complete – 4
Wilkinson Complete – 1
Winston Complete – 0
Yalobusha Complete – 3
Yazoo Complete – 4
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