McDaniel favors term limits, flat tax, elimination of federal departments

Chris McDaniel told the crowd at his Ocean Springs town hall meeting the first thing he’ll do if he gets to the U.S. Senate is try to vote himself out of a job — after two six-year terms.

“I’m very much in favor of term limits,” the state senator said in response to a question from someone in the audience at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center. The questions, written on index cards, were read by Melanie Sojourner, also a state senator and McDaniel’s campaign manager. McDaniel is running against longtime U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., in the GOP primary. “They’ve created this political aristocracy and there’s one way to shock that system — term limits.”

He said he would amend the Constitution to have limits of two terms in the Senate and three in the House.

In response to a question about disaster relief, he said his position, and his answers in a Politico article in which the question first came up, had been distorted.

“I don’t know how much clearer I have to be on it,” he said. “Of course (he supports disaster relief).”