Six-term Sen. Cochran will run again in 2014
December 6th, 2013
11:53 AM ET
9 months ago

Six-term Sen. Cochran will run again in 2014

(CNN) - Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Mississippi, will run for a seventh term next year, his spokesman Chris Gallegos confirmed to CNN.

Until Friday, it was unclear whether the longtime Senator would try to keep his seat. Cochran, who turns 76 on Saturday, already faces a primary challenger in conservative state Senator Chris McDaniel.

Cochran is one of several incumbent Republicans facing challenges from the right. Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming, Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky all have announced opponents in their respective GOP primaries.

The Senator's decision was first reported by Gannett.

"I'm comfortable with my decision," Cochran told the news outlet. "I'm looking forward to it. People have been very generous and expressed appreciation. Some have even started sending contributions and helping in that way.

In a statement, McDaniel said Cochran has "had a long and distinguished career representing the people of Mississippi."

"I look forward to a positive campaign based on the future of our state, our country and the Republican Party," he said. "As a strong conservative, I will fight to bring those values to Washington."

– CNN's Dana Bash contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2014 • Congress • Mississippi • Senate • Thad Cochran
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Silence DoGood

    " longtime Senator" Term limits should be impossible.
    George Washington had to be called back from retirement, unlike today's politicians that cannot be pried loose with a crowbar.

    December 6, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  2. just saying

    good! another lock on a senate seat by the republicans. i guess he wants to enjoy being in the senate majoirty come 2015!

    December 6, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  3. Tampa Tim

    Who will get the Koch brothers money for their campaign, Thad or Chris? It is just too exciting to finally see who wins the right wing money war.

    December 6, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  4. Tommy G

    Democrats die in office all the time, never leave. Kennedy, Byrd, Lautenberg,... are just the latest. Where were the calls for term limits for them?

    December 6, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  5. Silence DoGood

    "Term limits should be impossible" -> "Someday, term limits should make this impossible."

    December 6, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. Tampa Tim

    Mississippi sure has a lot of worthless elected republicans.

    December 6, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  7. Tampa Tim

    Fox News huckster, Rev. Mike Huckabee, who wants to deny poor people access to health care, was the basis of Brown's remarks in NH. Brown and Huck are wrong in their assertions. Check it out wingnuts.

    December 6, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    just saying

    good! another lock on a senate seat by the republicans. i guess he wants to enjoy being in the senate majoirty come 2015!
    -----------------
    Is the far right wing's memory span actually that short? Don't you know why Democrats hold the Senate majority right now, instead of Republicans? Can you say Sharon Engle, and that "I'n not a witch" woman, what's her face? You lost because you primaried establishment candidates, which puts unelectable people on the ballots against Senate Democratic candidates who easily win.

    Are you folks that stubborn and in denial of reality that you refuse to accept the reasons for your defeats at face value? The vast majority of people think these extremist candidates are too bizarre to be trusted in government. They want to get into power and remake everyone and everything according to who things should be. They want to play God, and most people want no parts of it. Can't you see that?

    December 6, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  9. Fair is Fair

    Silence DoGood

    "Term limits should be impossible" -> "Someday, term limits should make this impossible."
    --------
    In the words popularized by your progressive and liberal colleagues, "There are term limits. They're called elections."

    December 6, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. Tommy G

    Rudy NYC
    They want to get into power and remake everyone and everything according to who things should be. They want to play
    God,
    ---

    Quite amusing coming from a radical left winger from the progressive/socilaist/communist Democrat Party that jammed Obamacare down the throats of the American people when a majority of the American people did not and has not supported it. And you continue to jam it down our throats even though you know it is causing great damage and suffering to millions of Americans. You will pay the price in 2014 & 2016 for your lies, deceit and total disregard of the American people.

    December 6, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  11. current state of the union

    Make welfare recipients work on infrastructure projects, no citizenship, I'm not sorry to say, and no pipeline that threatens our northern watershed, to risky, big oil has successfully limited its liability in disasters they cause, I don't care what Joe Parker from BP says, money is priority one . And there is no second priority, Koch brothers purchased 2 million acres, and will profit tens of billions if it goes through, so it will go through, no matter who's in charge, money corrupting again.

    December 6, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Rudy NYC
    They want to get into power and remake everyone and everything according to who things should be. They want to play
    God,
    -

    Quite amusing coming from a radical left winger from the progressive/socilaist/communist Democrat Party
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    Communist? Yesterday, I wasn't the one advocating forming a militia to hunt illegal immigrants down without a warrant, and serve justice on them without a trial. You were. Most of the policies and ideology expressed by the right are communist.

    BTW, I know that you're for small government and all that. So, I just wanted to ask you to take a look around the world at the various governments. Compare the relative size of the government to the size of each country's population. You should notice a distinct pattern. It would seem that the smaller the government, the more oppressed are the people of that country.

    December 6, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  13. kafantaris2

    It’s good that Thad Cochran decided to run. Maybe his fight with Chris McDaniel will help the Republican Party find itself. The boneheads had their way long enough.

    December 6, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  14. Tommy G

    Rudy NYC
    Communist? Yesterday, I wasn't the one advocating forming a militia to hunt illegal immigrants down without a warrant, and serve justice on them without a trial. You were. Most of the policies and ideology expressed by the right are communist.
    --

    Honestly Rudy, the lies yo umake up in here on a daily basis rival the Obama adminstration!! Advicating forming a militia? to hunt down illegals?? Without a trial???

    here is exactly what I said: (somehow I knew your lies would surface!)
    Like I said, we don't even have to round them up, just deport the ones you catch now, instead of just letting them go, as they do now. Their hearing would be expedited and they would be required to remain in custody until deported.

    ---–
    BTW, I know that you're for small government and all that. So, I just wanted to ask you to take a look around the world at the various governments. Compare the relative size of the government to the size of each country's population. You should notice a distinct pattern. It would seem that the smaller the government, the more oppressed are the people of that country.
    ----

    Now THAT is pretty nonsensical conclusion! MORE government = MORE liberty!!! Because all of the hundreds of thousands of pages of bills, rules and regulations bestow upon us more liberty??? HAHAHAHA!! Do you honestly believe the tripe you post? If you do then you need serious medical help.

    December 6, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  15. Tommy G

    And Rudy NYC.... you STILL have not answered this question.... come on, man up.

    And YOU still haven't answered my question, even if new immigration laws are passed will YOU support deporting every single illegal caught here after the new law is passed? Or will it be sanctuary cities still?

    December 6, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  16. Silence DoGood

    @TommyG " jammed Obamacare down the throats of the American people "

    (sarcasm alert) I know – I just hate knowing that I cannot be turned down for prior illness, or dropped on corporate profit whim, or denied because my claims went on too long. I really miss being the profit pawn of insurance.

    (no sarcasm) I suppose the radical right's love of government control of moral issues like who we may marry and what women can do with their bodies, and what they must let someone else do to their body, what church gets federal endorsement is more appealing to you?

    December 6, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  17. Mark in Seattle

    Look for Mississippi citizens to once again vote against their best interests.

    December 6, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  18. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    I think it's safe to say that Sen. Cochran will keep his seat. Most Americans despise TEA QUEDA and know that electing someone further to the right than an already ultra right winger is bad for business.

    December 6, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  19. Logictox

    We need to end career politicians on both sides.

    December 6, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  20. S.B. Stein

    It strikes me as he has been there long enough. I could say this until I am blue in the face because it is really up to the voters in his state to decide if he is done. His record is secure and could consider retirement.

    December 6, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. sonny chapman

    "We have created a monster & now he's destroying US" !–Sane Repub. talking about the Tea Party.

    December 6, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |