Mississippi's Cochran Begins TV Ads for 7th Term

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Tuesday, 04 Mar 2014 07:14 AM

By Elliot Jager

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Republican Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran will begin his television advertising campaign Tuesday, Politico reported.

Cochran, 76, was first elected in 1978 and is seeking a seventh term. He is opposed in the June 3 Republican primary by Mississippi lawmaker Chris McDaniel. Thomas Carey of Hernando is also in the race, WLOX -TV reported.

The ads include a man-on-the-street commercial that lauds Cochran's work in Washington for Mississippi, according to Politico.

The senator has a reputation for having delivered millions of dollars in federal funds earmarked for spending in his state, the Almanac of American Politics reported.

Another ad, to counter criticism that the senator is insufficiently conservative, emphasizes Cochran's opposition to Obamacare.

A third commercial extols Cochran's instrumental role in bringing federal aid to the victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Cochran took a hit from the American Conservative Union's annual scorecard, which rated him at a comparatively low 63 percent, The Washington Post reported. The group explained the score on Cochran's opposition to legislation reducing the size of government.

The Cochran ads do not attack McDaniel, who has the backing of the Senate Conservatives Fund and the anti-tax Club for Growth.

Mississippi Conservatives PAC, a pro-Cochran group, has already run media spots critical of McDaniel for being unenthusiastic about federal Katrina relief, The Post reported.

"After Hurricane Katrina, Sen. Cochran fought for us, pushing emergency relief funding through Congress," one 30-second TV spot said. "But when trial lawyer Chris McDaniel was asked how he would have voted for Katrina, his response was, 'I don't know.'"

McDaniel has not launched his political advertising campaign.

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