Cochran's bizarre answer on Cantor's loss
June 13th, 2014
01:01 PM ET
4 months ago

Cochran's bizarre answer on Cantor's loss

(CNN) – GOP Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi had already commented about Eric Cantor's stunning primary loss earlier this week. So why did he appear unaware of the outcome when asked about it on Thursday?

"I don't know what you're talking about," the six-term senator said in an interview with Fox News, when asked about the race. "What happened in Virginia?"

A spokesman for Cochran said the senator "had been asked that question repeatedly and answered it repeatedly."

"He felt it was time to move on from the subject," Jordan Russell said, implying the senator was being sarcastic.

Cochran, who has own tea party insurgency to face in a runoff against state Sen. Chris McDaniel, insisted in the Fox News interview that he didn't know about the results.

"Well I haven't really followed that campaign very closely at all," he added.

Cantor announced Wednesday he would step down from position as House majority leader at the end of July, and House Republicans will vote next week on his replacement.

What did Cochran have to say about Cantor's loss to a little known and underfunded challenger?

"Yeah well it happens. You know members of Congress, some win some lose. It's not an automatic proposition that you get re-elected just because you've done a good job," Cochran said.

But Cochran had made previous statements about Cantor's loss the day before the Fox News interview, proving that Cochran was indeed aware of the primary upset.

"I, like a lot of people, were surprised by the margin of victory for his opponent, but that happens in politics," Cochran said, according to Mississippi News Now.

"So, what else is new in politics, and some people win, some people lose," Cochran told local reporters on Wednesday, reacting to Cantor's defeat.

Cochran's apparent sarcasm comes as he's been accused of being out of touch with the tea party.

Back in February, Cochran told reporters he "didn't know much" about the conservative movement.

"The tea party is something I don't really know a lot about," Cochran said in February.

Cochran and McDaniel are headed for a runoff election on June 24, after neither candidate clinched 50% of votes in the June 3 primary.


Filed under: 2014 • Eric Cantor • Mississippi • Tea Party • Thad Cochran
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    He was being sarcastic? That's the standard excuse whenever a conservative makes a gaffe, "Oh, I was just joking."

    June 13, 2014 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    Well, duh, they can't blame Obama for that loss so he can't come up with anything to say.
    Probably waiting on the oxycodone fat radio boy and the kochs to tell him and others what to say.

    June 13, 2014 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    Perhaps he misplaced his alternate reality ring? Having to listen to Tea Party drivel is enough to make anyone lose their mind for a short while. I'm just surprised it took him this long.

    June 13, 2014 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Well, as you age, it's the short-term memory encoding that goes first, not long-term....

    June 13, 2014 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Maybe HE has brain damage....

    June 13, 2014 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Time to send the old timer out to pasture...

    June 13, 2014 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Cochran's apparent sarcasm comes as he's been accused of being out of touch with the tea party."

    Can't say I blame him. I myself generally end up with a migraine if I spend too much time listening to their drivel.

    June 13, 2014 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  8. Malory Archer

    Marie MD
    Well, duh, they can't blame Obama for that loss so he can't come up with anything to say.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    But that didn't stop weepy the drunk from trying!

    June 13, 2014 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "The tea party is something I don't really know a lot about," Cochran said
    -----------------------------------------------------
    Evidently neither is the news....anything you really know a lot about Senator.
    Shout out to Lynda, Wake up, Sniffit, Rudy NYC and the rest of "the gang"!!

    June 13, 2014 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  10. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    It doesn't matter which GOP clown wins , he'll get swept OUT in November in a democratic WAVE. After all, who's going to vote for the GOP that has done NOTHING for the past SIX YEARS, EXCEPT BLOW 24 BILLION DOLLARS in 16 DAYS!!!!!!!

    June 13, 2014 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Dominican mama 4 Obama says:
    June 13, 2014 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm
    “The tea party is something I don’t really know a lot about,” Cochran said
    —————————————————————————————————————————————————————
    Evidently neither is the news….anything you really know a lot about Senator.
    Shout out to Lynda, Wake up, Sniffit, Rudy NYC and the rest of “the gang”!!

    Right back atcha my sista!!!😃😃😃

    June 13, 2014 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  12. 2L

    Eric who??

    June 13, 2014 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Dominican mama 4 Obama says:
    June 13, 2014 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm
    “The tea party is something I don’t really know a lot about,” Cochran said
    —————————————————————————————————————————————————————
    Evidently neither is the news….anything you really know a lot about Senator.
    Shout out to Lynda, Wake up, Sniffit, Rudy NYC and the rest of “the gang”!!

    Right back atcha my sista!!!😃😃😃
    -----------------------------------------------------
    I see the soap opera continues unabated complete with Red Met Fridays in the form of the President's decision on Iraq.
    Working hard my sister, trying to get to the working smart part of the program.
    See you when I can see ya'!

    June 13, 2014 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    2L

    Eric who??
    -----------------------------------------------------
    I know right?!!! LOL!
    For all the difference Cantor ultimately makes, who really cares?!

    June 13, 2014 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |