First on CNN: Thad Cochran backs Jeb Bush

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) –
Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Mississippi, is backing Jeb Bush for president, the former Florida governor’s campaign is announcing Tuesday.

The endorsement marks Bush’s fourth Senate endorsement and 30th total from a member of Congress.

“Jeb Bush is the proven leader the American people need as we face grave threats from abroad and continued economic challenges at home. Jeb is a serious leader with executive experience and a forward-looking vision,” said Cochran, who’s now in his seventh term in the Senate.