In an October 16 editorial that simply defies belief, the Sun Herald criticized Senator Thad Cochran for refusing to debate his opponents. But where was this criticism during the primary season? Why were they silent when Cochran refused to debate Senator Chris McDaniel for months? All we can say is that its just more trash from the lame stream media! – MCD
Here is the editorial in its entirety:
By all accounts, Thad Cochran was a reluctant candidate for re-election to the U.S. Senate. He kept other would-be contenders waiting months before deciding to seek a seventh six-year term.
While we were among those who welcomed his candidacy, we have been disappointed in his campaign.
Most disheartening has been Cochran’s refusal to engage his opponents in face-to-face debates.
Offers to host such encounters have been made by organizations and institutions and media outlets across the state.
But throughout the primary campaign and thus far in the general election campaign, Cochran has refused to either defend his record or define his goals for a seventh term in a public exchange with his opponents.
The voters of Mississippi deserve better from their senior member of Congress.
If this is indeed Cochran’s “last hurrah,” then it ought to display the best the candidate has to offer.
Instead, Cochran acts as if all he need do is make sure his name is on the ballot to win.
The challenge for the Republican nomination mounted — and still not abandoned — by state Sen. Chris McDaniel of Ellisville proved that quite a few Mississippians are unmoved by an aloof officeholder seeking their vote.
McDaniel was as aggressive a campaigner as Cochran was a complacent one.
Somewhere in between those campaign styles is Cochran’s Democratic challenger, former congressman Travis Childers of Booneville.
Like McDaniel, Childers has said he would basically go anywhere, anytime to debate Cochran. And also like McDaniel, Childers has been ignored by Cochran.
That’s the safe, timid move for Cochran. But it is a disservice to his constituents.