Skip to comments.Chris McDaniel: Thad Cochran camp resorting to fear tactics as runoff nears
Posted on 06/18/2014 10:59:12 AM PDT by Red Steel
WADE, Mississippi -- U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran's campaigners have "pushed the panic button" and resorted to preying on Jackson Countians' fears to win votes, Republican primary runoff challenger state Sen. Chris McDaniel said today during a campaign stop in Wade.
"The only chance Cochran's got now are fear tactics and fear mongering and Democrats," McDaniel said to supporters at the Catfish Point restaurant.
"They're trying to paint me down here as someone who would somehow be against Ingalls," he said. "My grandfather worked for Ingalls."
With only eight days left before the June 24 runoff, both McDaniel and the longtime incumbent senator have been making rounds in Jackson County.
Cochran campaigned in Jackson County last week, meeting with business leaders and public officials Thursday afternoon and then greeting workers at Ingalls Shipbuilding early Friday morning.
Today, McDaniel greeted workers during a shift change at VT Halter Marine and was in Pascagoula's Downtown Plaza greeting diners at Scranton's and Paradise Deli and Grill during lunch. After Catfish Point, he was headed to St. Martin Community Center for another event.
He also plans to be at Ingalls early Tuesday morning.
"Jackson (County) is very, very special to me," McDaniel said. "The people here are good, Christian conservative men and women."
McDaniel said he knew he would win Jackson County in the June 3 primary, but Cochran's camp also knew they were going to win it.
"They were just wrong, and that's one of the reasons they panicked," he said. "That's the reason they've been down here spreading all these rumors."
McDaniel said Cochran's camp is using fear tactics to win votes.
"Why do you want to make everyone afraid?" he said. "When was the last time Sen. Thad Cochran inspired you? I don't want you to be afraid; I want to inspire you."
The tea party-backed candidate renewed his promise Monday that he will fight for shipbuilding and defense on the coast.
"I promise you this -- we are going to fight for Ingalls every step of the way," he said. "We're going to fight for the military down here every step of the way."
A survey that was conducted by the Citizens United Political Victory Fund poll and by Kellyanne Conway of The Polling Company, Inc. and released today shows McDaniel with a 12-point lead over Cochran.
McDaniel said tonight that he's feeling confident.
"The people of Mississippi are ready for change," he said. "We saw it in Virginia, didn't we? We saw evidence of this in Texas ... Utah and Kentucky."
Voter turnout is always important, he said, "but particularly in an election like this."
"We know that our people are engaged," McDaniel said. "They're enthusiastic. They're very excited to get to the polls. That's why we're going to win the race."
Washington Lobbyists Pour Money Into Mississippi Senate Race To Fend Off Tea Party
Registered lobbyists and lobbying firms’ political action committees have given nearly $500,000 to Cochran’s primary and runoff campaigns against tea party-backed state Sen. Chris McDaniel, according to Federal Election Commission records reviewed by The Huffington Post.
"Cochran has raised over $4.4 million, mostly from large contributors ($2,296,545) and PACs ($1,869,227), and has spent over $4.5 million as of the last report. McDaniel has raised over $1.5 million (the majority of which is also from large contributors)and has spent over $1.4 million."
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