Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Chris McDaniel again called on Sen. Thad Cochran to participate in a debate ahead of the June 3 primary election. To date, McDaniel has accepted three invitations to debate, the most recent being from FOX 13 Memphis and the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at Ole Miss University.

The renewed call comes on the heels of Cochran’s telling the Associated Press “I don’t know what there is to debate,” and claimed that McDaniel is “trying to make [him] look bad by [talking] about my performance in the Senate.”

“Sentor Cochran’s refusal to participate in a debate demonstrates how out of touch he is with hardworking Mississippians,” said McDaniel. “The people of Mississippi have a right to know why Sen. Cochran has spent 41 years voting for bailouts, debt ceiling increases, tax increases, taxpayer-funded abortion and gun control. If Sen. Cochran is proud of his record, he should have no problem defending it,” McDaniel concluded.

The WLBT sponsored debate would take place May 24 were Sen. Cochran to accept the invitation.

Chris McDaniel Press Release

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