The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, 11/9/7

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., said Thursday he has not decided if he will run for a sixth term in 2008 but will make an announcement in “a few weeks.”

Cochran, in a telephone interview with the Daily Journal, said he had delayed an announcement because he wanted to avoid any conflict with this year’s state elections. Qualifying deadline for next year’s Senate race is Jan. 11, with party primaries in March.

Cochran, 69, said he suspended fundraising for a time surrounding the state elections and that he has about $1 million in a war chest.

“If I run, I want to have enough to wage a strong campaign and win,” he said.