Thad Cochran shrugs off Sarah Palin nod to opponent

Sarah Palin’s endorsement of his primary opponent doesn’t mean much to Mississippi Republican Sen. Thad Cochran.

Asked what he thought of the news that the former Alaskan governor had blessed his conservative challenger for the state’s Republican nomination, the soft-spoken Cochran on Thursday chuckled and said: “You’re kidding me!”

“Hadn’t heard that,” Cochran said, expressing surprise that Palin is backing state Sen. Chris McDaniel for his “proven record of fighting for conservative principles.”