Ashton Pittman, Deep South Progressive, May 27, 2014
Sen. Thad Cochran’s campaign team misled CNN reporter Dana Bash to avoid an interview, Bash said Tuesday.
Bash was reporting on the Republican primary race between Cochran and State Senator Chris McDaniel in Biloxi, Miss., Tuesday when she said the Cochran team pulled a “bait-and-switch” to avoid talking to her.
Cochran aides pointed out to Bash a car that they said the senator would be getting in. But when the CNN crew headed to the car to wait for Cochran, Cochran dashed away in the opposite direction.
“The car they told us Cochran was getting in screeched away without him while he got in a different car,” Bash said.
“I don’t think I’m that scary, do you?” Bash asked CNN host Erin Burnett. Bash said Cochran’s reluctance to talk to the press was likely “all about making sure there are no unforced errors” in the last week of the campaign.
That wasn’t the only dodge of the day.
While in Mississippi, Bash also sought an interview with Cochran’s opponent, Chris McDaniel. Unlike his opponent, McDaniel accepted the opportunity to take questions from CNN.
“When did you find out about the break in?” Bash asked, referring to the pro-McDaniel blogger who broke into the nursing home room of Cochran’s wife and snapped photos of her on Easter Sunday.
“Look, we’re going to focus on his record right now,” McDaniel said.
Cochran has given few interviews to the media over the course of the primary cycle. He has also repeatedly refused calls to join McDaniel for a debate.
What break-in, Dana? They didn’t break-in to anything! If they did they would have been charged with breaking and entering!- MCD.