GULFPORT — State Sen. Chris McDaniel promised to fight the status quo and fight for the people of Mississippi if they elect him senator.
In a free-wheeling interview with the Sun Herald, McDaniel called Washington a broken city and said U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran is part of the problem. He said Cochran has been there since Richard Nixon was president and that’s too long.
The two will meet June 3 in the Republican primary. Democrats Travis Childers and Bill Marcy will meet in the Democratic primary that same day.
McDaniel quickly hit on two of his familiar themes — ending the federal debt and Obamacare.
“We’re borrowing 40 cents out of every dollar just to fund the federal government,” the Ellisville Republican said. “Our country is in big trouble.”
He said that can’t be changed until there is new leadership.
“It begins with that initial principle that we have to change the people we send there,” he said. “They seem to be more concerned about party politics, or more concerned about perpetuating their own lifestyles than they are about doing the right thing for the country.
“I’m not speaking specifically about Sen. Cochran when I say that, I’m talking about a broad number of people up there that have created a political aristocracy.”
He said some, like Cochran, don’t come home enough to know what the state needs from them.
“They feel insulated,” he said. “If you feel otherwise, try to get them on the phone. Try to have one come to Mississippi to conduct an interview.”
He said if the people win a couple of elections, “remind that government that it works for us, not the other way around, then you’ll have a much more responsive government from both sides.”
He said Mississippi and other states are addicted to federal money and the addiction needs to be broken “for the sake of our children.”
“We are reaching a dangerous moment in our history,” he said. “This cannot continue. In fact, I can make the argument our present trajectory is immoral.
“We’re not spending our money any longer. We’re not even spending our kids money any longer. We’re spending our great-grandchildren’s money.”
He said he would begin cutting federal spending by ending any federal government function not allowed by the Constitution. He said he could give dozens and dozens of proposed cuts — “earmarks particularly” as well as redundant and unconstitutional programs.
He said there wouldn’t have to be cuts in the military.