“Business as usual” vs. “Sacrifice” at issue in campaign

Sen. Thad Cochran is firmly established as a gentleman in the U.S. Senate.  Years of working across the aisle with Democrats has gained him the respect of Senators Harry Reid (D-NV) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) as well as fellow Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

Unlike his opponent, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, who says that compromise is part of the problem, Cochran makes no apologies for the tactic.   In their endorsement, the Sun Herald even called him a “respected conciliator.”  Cochran’s negotiation skills have pushed through many deadlocked bills and brought millions of dollars in federal funds to Mississippi.

McDaniel was identified as an “up-and-comer” from the moment he took office as a state Senator in 2008.  But he is equally unapologetic in his commitment to fight compromise.  “The liberals always win.  That’s not compromise.  That’s called surrender.”

Concerned for the country’s future, McDaniel says every state depends on federal funding, an addiction that must stop:  “. . . every state is going to have to make sacrifices to save this union.”

With one day left until the primary election, Geoff Pender says both McDaniel and Cochran are consummate gentlemen.  In a very close race for Mississippi’s U.S. Senate seat, personality may be vital to turnout and victory while statesmanship will be vital for whoever wins.

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