DAILY JOURNAL: OUR OPINION: Cochran-Childers debate could help elevate tone

Republican Sen. Thad Cochran and Democratic senatorial nominee Travis Childers will speak in succession on July 31 at the Neshoba County Fair, the state’s premier political event. It will serve as a good jumping off point for the fall Senate campaign.

But it also will underscore the fact that so far, Cochran has not responded to Childers’ proposal for a series of debates around the state in advance of the Nov. 4 general election….

…But a debate could be strategically helpful for Cochran as well. It’s clear now that his lack of engagement in the first primary campaign against state Sen. Chris McDaniel was a flawed strategy.

Only when Cochran shed the overly cautious, highly controlled approach in the runoff did his campaign start to gain momentum.

Daily Journal
7/22/14