Sen. Thad Cochran says his record ‘reflects credit on our state’

BATESVILLE, Mississippi — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran says he wants to continue using his status as a top member of the Appropriations Committee to support federal projects such as military bases, university research and agriculture projects in Mississippi.

Cochran, who was first elected to the Senate in 1978 after six years in the House, is being challenged by second-term state Sen. Chris McDaniel in the June 3 Republican primary.

The contest has been dominated recently with news about a Mississippi blogger photographing Cochran’s wife in the nursing home where she has lived the past 13 years with dementia. However, both candidates have said repeatedly that they want to discuss issues.

The Associated Press recently interviewed both candidates. Here are excerpts from the interview with Cochran, which was done April 25 outside a tire warehouse he toured in Batesville:…

…AP: The day you announced for re-election, you told the AP that you do intend to serve a full six-year term, if re-elected. Is that still the case?

Cochran: “I sure hope, if I am alive and well, I’ll be serving. Yes, I think that’s something the people have a right to expect, and I intend to serve a full term.”