GOP Sen. Cochran says he doesn't know much about the tea party
February 18th, 2014
02:51 PM ET
5 months ago

GOP Sen. Cochran says he doesn't know much about the tea party

(CNN) – While some Republican incumbents with primary challengers are trying to woo conservatives, Sen. Thad Cochran says he's not too familiar with the tea party.

"The tea party is something I don't really know a lot about," the six-term senator from Mississippi told reporters. "It's a free country. We have open opportunities for people to participate in the election process."

Club for Growth, an outside conservative group that's backing Cochran's primary challenger, was quick to push out the footage Tuesday. It turned the soundbite into a short web video.

Republican state Sen. Chris McDaniel, who's running against Cochran, responded to the senator's comments, saying "it's a shame because the tea party is a mass movement of people that really care about this country."

Of the Republican senators facing a GOP challenger, Cochran is considered one of the most vulnerable. While Cochran has a bigger war chest, McDaniel is getting a lot of support from third party groups like Club for Growth and the Senate Conservatives Fund.

Cochran's office declined to comment further on his remarks.

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Filed under: 2014 • Mississippi • Thad Cochran
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Where's Our $24 Billion?

    "it's a shame because the tea party is a mass movement of people that really care about this country."
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    It's a shame that he is unaware of the domestic terrorists in our country better known as the Tea Party. He's serves along with the #1 Teahadists in the country, Sen. Rafael "Ted" Cruz. Where have you been Thad?

    February 18, 2014 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  2. quinLee

    Senator, I think you are well aware of the tea party. They are the pain in your backside that you wish would simply go away.

    February 18, 2014 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    A mass movement that just happens to be funded by some fo the most infulential Washington insider groups in the country. Mass shakedown movement is more like it.

    February 18, 2014 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  4. sonny chapman

    "Really care about THEIR Country". That's the TP in a nutshell. They view America as THEIR Country & don't believe in sharing w/anyone else.

    February 18, 2014 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  5. The Republican Party Is Dead To Me

    Another damned lie, told by another damned liar. He knows the tea party plenty.

    February 18, 2014 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  6. Silence DoGood

    Quick study notes for the senator (can be used for the Taliban or the Tea Party):
    - religious fervor and intolerance of outside or non-extreme religion
    - attempts to instill moral laws to establish a state religion in the end, ignoring other faiths
    - looking at women as second class so that they can be told what to do with their bodies and how to behave
    - espousing violence at rallies and in speeches threatening to overthrow the popular secular government
    - carrying guns and shooting them in the air to intimidate those with whom they disagree
    - intolerance of racial differences
    - intolerance of private behavior not in line with the one religion i.e. anti-gay, etc.
    - looking to reduce education by removing subjects not in line with the one religion

    February 18, 2014 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

    "it's a shame because the tea party is a mass movement of people that really care about this country."

    If they show they care by risking default on our nation's debt, which results in a downgrading of our credit rating AND by shutting down the government to the tune of $24 billion, I'd hate to see what they'd do it they DIDN'T care for our country.

    Tea bags are just plain dumb – not only for their ideas, but because they don't realize they are being played for fools by the likes of the Koch brothers.

    February 18, 2014 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. Gunderson

    Ow,
    What original Tea Party about? Many of you missed U.S. History now want rewrite History. Look up Boston Tea Party. Get educated.

    February 18, 2014 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. Gurgyl

    -–while entire world knows, this idiot does not know, may be he is in Himalayas doing some meditation. Pathetic.

    February 18, 2014 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The tea party is something I don't really know a lot about," the six-term senator from Mississippi
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    Oh sir, come now, you're being demure.
    The Tea Party is the psychotic wing/faction of the Republican Party.
    Everybody knows that.

    February 18, 2014 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  11. rla

    They are the pain in the backside of democrats and Rinos!!! This country needs people that are a pain in the backsides of the people who -with a smile - are running this country into the ground.... GO TEA PARTY

    February 18, 2014 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  12. Thomas

    Who is the Tea Party and where do they shop ?

    February 18, 2014 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  13. ditdahdit

    The Tea Party was Founded by 'Rupe the Duper's' Faux News and is funded by the Koch brothers, that's all you need to know.

    February 18, 2014 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    rla

    They are the pain in the backside of democrats and Rinos!!! This country needs people that are a pain in the backsides of the people who -with a smile – are running this country into the ground.... GO TEA PARTY
    *********************
    What has the Tea Party actually run, besides attempts to derail this country, destroy our credit rating, and fleece their mindless sheep for donations based solely on fear and gross misinformation? None of the states where they have seized power are thriving, and they rely on blue states just to balance their books. Yes, go Tea Party...into the oblivion you deserve.

    February 18, 2014 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  15. mike

    I'll tell you all you need to know, the TEA party is 99.999% white.

    February 18, 2014 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  16. Gary

    Americans didn't know about them either. If we did we sure and hell wouldn't have voted for them.

    February 18, 2014 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  17. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    He doesn't know about the people who destroyed his political party?

    February 18, 2014 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  18. Lolo

    Now they are trying to backtrack. The tea party will doom them all. Coburn is trying to get six more years and he needs the stupid vote to win. That is all folks. Now that they have followed the weirdos they want to cut them loose. Too late, too bad, so sad.

    February 18, 2014 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. Rob

    Hey ria agree with u 100 percent. GO TEA PARTY!! Liberal ideas r as old as the roman empire. We must stand together and save this country from the slime that is liberals!

    February 18, 2014 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  20. pjoe

    I like the Tea Party. It's not an official political party anyway ... so chill out CNN.

    The only thing worse than a two-party system is a one-party system. We need more groups / parties to challenge the established parties and to raise a ruckus every now and then. Right now the only difference between a Democrat and a Republican is the speed at which they want to drive up the debt.

    February 18, 2014 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  21. The Elephant in the Room

    Is he part of the GOP that is growing a pair of cajones and telling the TEA party FACTION of the REPUBLICAN PARTY THAT WE CAN`t afford you any more? Is that what he is up to? The big money PARENTS of the GgOP are already saying that.
    What Dems need to do is to NOT LET the GOP off the hook that easily. The Tea-Party took $24B off of GDP just a couple of months ago with their purile antics. Thinking independent voters reject the illogical fanaticism of the GOPTP`ers. Democrats need to slather the mainstream GOP in the sewage stench of the Tea Party. Afterall, the Republican party refused to stand up to them. They let the "crazy" uncle have the keys to the car.

    February 18, 2014 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Gunderson

    What original Tea Party about? Many of you missed U.S. History now want rewrite History. Look up Boston Tea Party. Get educated.
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    A decade ago, the Tea Party people would have been part of the groups calling themselves "minutemen." I would hope that the name would stand for "taxed enough already" and have little or nothing to do with Boston Tea Party. The BTP ended with the patriots destroying everything owned by their enemies. That would not be a viable option today.

    February 18, 2014 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  23. Vence

    He's a happy republican!

    February 18, 2014 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  24. Vence

    Senator, have you heard of the word cannibal?

    February 18, 2014 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |