Laurel, MS – Fresh off an interview in which Thad Cochran exhorted Democrats to join his campaign effort, the 42-year incumbent has enlisted the help of billionaire anti-gun activist Michael Bloomberg.
In a wide-ranging interview with WAPT’s Bert Case, Thad reiterated his aversion to open debate of ideas and his unwillingness to discuss policy matters publicly with the people of Mississippi, Sen. Cochran reaffirmed his strong desire for Democrats to join his cause.
“Do you want Democrats to come vote for you?” Case asked.
“Absolutely, our arms are open and welcoming and we hope that they would join our campaign and go vote on Election Day, or by absentee ballot,” Cochran said. “We need a big turnout. Everybody who can and would like to participate in this effort, turn out and vote, and vote for Thad Cochran — that’s the key.”
“Senator, would you debate Chris McDaniel on 16 WAPT-TV?” Case asked.
“First of all, I’m not running to be on a debate team. I’m running for a vacancy that’s going to exist in the U.S. Senate this year. That’s what I’m trying to do — get elected to serve in the U.S. Senate. I think the pathway to that is the outline,” Cochran said.
“So you won’t debate him?” Case asked.
“I’m not running to be a member of the debate team. I’m running for U.S. Senate. I’ll debate in Washington on the floor of the Senate, and in the appropriations committee for Mississippi’s interest. That’s what I’m running to achieve, not to have some made-up hokey high school-looking debate, when there is nothing to debate,” Cochran said.