Thad Cochran pitches cotton to Obama point man

Seated at tables facing the administration’s point man on trade, the senators made pitches for products from their states.

Sen. Blanche Lincoln, a Democrat from Arkansas, made a case for rice and chicken.

Sen. Thad Cochran, a Mississippi Republican? He wanted to talk about cotton.

Don’t forget dairy, urged Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat from New York.

The product endorsements, given to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, came at a Senate Agriculture Committee meeting held Wednesday to assess the Obama administration’s commitment to opening foreign markets to U.S. goods.

In his January State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama pledged to double U.S. exports over the next five years. Members of the committee …

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