After winning the popular vote in the June 3 Republican primary election, candidate for U.S. Senate Chris McDaniel sent the following letter to Sen. Thad Cochran asking him to give the people of Mississippi a debate ahead of the run-off election on June 24.
Citizens for Cochran
June 6, 2014
Dear Senator Cochran,
As we embark on this three-week runoff election, I wanted to write and invite you personally to join me in a statewide discussion of the major issues that affect the future of our country.
While we did not debate during the primary, I would like to invite you to a debate in the next few weeks before June 24th. I am available anytime and any place between now and then. If you pick the location and date, I will make sure to be there.
Rather than clashing television ads and press releases, I believe the people of our state would be better served by a debate between the two of us. We owe it to the voters to make sure this campaign lives up to the greatness of Mississippi.
Public debates are historic tradition of our great country, from our Founding Fathers to modern times. More recently, many incumbent senators have debated their primary challengers on both sides of the aisle, including Sen. Arlen Specter in 2004; Sen. Lincoln Chafee in 2006; Sen. Arlen Specter in 2010; Sen. Richard Lugar in 2012; Sen. Orrin Hatch in 2012; and Sen. Brian Schatz in 2014.
I sincerely hope Mississippi can be part of this great tradition this election cycle.
I also want to thank you for your long history of service to Mississippi. We both want what is best for all of Mississippi, and it is a privilege to live in a country that allows for civil discussions about the future of our great nation.