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AP: Democrat Travis Childers is entering race for Sen. Thad Cochran's seat

Travis Childers is officially entering an already-heated Senate race for Thad Cochran's seat. Tea Party-backed state Sen. Chris McDaniel is in an ugly battle with Cochran for the Republican primary seat. Here is Childers' statement, just released, reprinted verbatim:

“Today I am filing to run for the U.S. Senate to make sure that all Mississippians have a Senator in Washington looking out for them.

“Regular people and small businesses across Mississippi are still hurting in this economy, but Washington is more partisan and dysfunctional than ever. That has got to change. What I know is that the old ways of Washington aren’t working, and a new breed of partisanship isn’t the answer. Right now the powerful corporations and special interests have all the power, and the middle class and seniors are paying the price. We need to end tax breaks for big corporations that ship jobs overseas, protect Medicare and Social Security, give small business owners a tax break, and pass a balanced budget amendment to force the politicians to cut the wasteful spending.

“I look forward to formally launching my campaign and traveling to every corner of our great state in the weeks to come. Mississippians know that I have a solid record of being an independent guy who will work across party lines and stand up to the powers that be when needed. In the U.S. Senate, I will continue to put Mississippi’s middle class first.”

From Northeast Mississippi, Travis Childers is a small business owner and a local economic development leader, who has brought over one thousand jobs to his local community. During his time in the House of Representatives, Travis had one of the most independent voting records in Congress. Travis is pro-gun, pro-life, and was endorsed by the NRA. In the Senate, Travis will lead the fight for a Balanced Budget Amendment, protect the Medicare and Social Security benefits that seniors have earned, and protect Mississippi jobs by ending tax breaks for big corporations that ship jobs overseas.

Comments

Knowledge06 3 years, 9 months ago

Will Travis Childers support the expansion of Medicaid in Mississippi under the ACA? If not, he should stay on the side lines. If he's going to support everything Thad Cochran supports then he will serve no purpose. Forget trying to be a 'Blue Dog' or conservative Democrat. The reason he lost his congressional seat was that he was no different than the republican candidate. If this is just more of the same, then he's a wasted vote!

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tomhead1978 3 years, 9 months ago

While I'm inclined to agree in principle, a freshman member of the U.S. Senate has very little say in whether or not Mississippi accepts Medicaid expansion. As long as he caucuses with the Democrats and refuses to participate in Republican filibusters, he'll be a tangible improvement over Thad Cochran and an immeasurably safer option than Chris McDaniel.

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