Challenger Chis McDaniel on incumbent Thad Cochran: “He is not gentleman”

OCEAN SPRINGS, Mississippi — U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel called Sen. Thad Cochran’s campaign “liars” and said that the six-term senator is “no gentleman” in the wake of attacks on McDaniel and his family during a campaign stop Wednesday morning.

During a Q&A session with a small group of seniors at the Villa Maria retirement complex in Ocean Springs, McDaniel — a two-term state senator — was asked about portrayals by the Cochran campaign that McDaniel has not supported tort reform.

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U.S. Senate Republican candidate Chris McDaniel talks about campaign issues just after meeting with seniors at the Villa Maria retirement complex in Ocean Springs.
“It’s a flat-out lie,” he said. “I have a 100 percent voting record in supporting tort reform. Take a look at Sen. Cochran’s record — he’s voted 100 percent of the time against tort reform.

“If (Cochran) was half the man he claims to be, he’d come down here and debate me,” McDaniel continued. “He’s no gentleman at all. If he’s going to lie about me and my family, he’s no gentleman.”

Cochran has often been called “Gentleman Thad” for his courtly demeanor.

McDaniel said after the meet & greet session that he “likes” Cochran, but is disappointed in the tactics Cochran’s campaign has employed.