Senate Challenger Chris McDaniel says he wants to curb federal spending

JACKSON, Mississippi — State Sen. Chris McDaniel says if he’s elected to the U.S. Senate, he wants to reduce federal spending and work with Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah, who were elected with the help of tea party voters.

McDaniel, who was first elected to the state Legislature in 2007, is challenging longtime U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran in the June 3 Republican primary.

The contest has been dominated recently with news about a Mississippi blogger photographing Cochran’s wife in the nursing home where she has lived the past 13 years with dementia. However, both candidates have said repeatedly that they want to discuss issues.

The Associated Press recently interviewed both candidates. Here are excerpts from the interview with McDaniel, which was done May 15 outside the state Capitol in Jackson:…

….AP: Do you think it would be good for Mississippi to receive less federal money for projects like university research?

McDaniel: “I’m not saying it’s good for any state to necessarily receive less federal money. All of the states are addicted, to some extent, to federal money…. The question is what happens if we don’t curb the abuse? What happens if we don’t become more fiscally responsible?”