MBJ: OP-ED — THAD COCHRAN: It is about what all of us can do for Mississippi

By Thad Cochran

My name is Thad Cochran and I ask for your vote in the June 24, 2014, Republican Runoff Election so that I can keep standing up for you in the U.S. Senate.

This election is about Mississippi’s tomorrow. It is about what all of us can do for Mississippi

President Obama has taken us down some wrong paths. But with your help, we can get America back on the right path. And while I have voted more than 100 times to stop Obamacare and authored legislation to repeal it, this starts with ending the president’s dangerous health care law – permanently.

Mississippians know it is dangerous that my opponent wants to close our military bases, cut $1.5 billion from our kids’ education, and end farm programs.

As a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a strong supporter of our men and women in uniform, I have always fought for our military and our veterans. But my opponent voted against $2 million for Mississippi to fight against base closures in Biloxi, Columbus, Hattiesburg, Jackson, Meridian, and Pascagoula.

Both of my parents were educators. I have always understood the value of a solid education. But my opponent wants to harm our schools, calling the $1.5 billion Mississippi receives in federal education funding “unconstitutional.”

As your Senator, I was a lead author of the country’s Farm Bill that helps make Mississippi farmers and ranchers more competitive as they supply the food and fiber for America’s families. With more than 42,000 farms, nearly a third of all jobs in our state are linked to agriculture and forestry. But my opponent has turned his back on Mississippi’s number one industry, refusing to take a position on the Farm Bill.

Because of my proven record, Mississippi’s leaders have endorsed me, including Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Reeves, Rep. Gregg Harper, Rep. Alan Nunnelee, and Rep. Steven Palazzo. I am also honored to have received endorsements from the National Right to Life and the National Rifle Association (NRA).

The most important endorsement that I can receive is yours.

The best way to really change Washington is to elect a Republican majority in the U.S. Senate. And with your help, we can make it happen.

With a Republican majority, as chairman of the Appropriations Committee, I can stop wasteful spending and make sure our Mississippi values are at the forefront of policy decisions.

As your Senator, I can do more for Mississippi to make sure Mississippi has a voice like never before, bringing more economic growth to our state.

I have always worked to do what is best for Mississippi. And I want to keep fighting for our state and our principles. I would be honored and grateful to have your support and your vote on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, in the Republican Runoff Election.

As a reminder, Mississippians who voted in the Republican Primary or did not vote on June 3, 2014, can vote in the Republican runoff on June 24, 2014.

» Thad Cochran is the senior United States Senator from Mississippi and a member of the Republican Party.