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McDaniel campaigns in northeast Mississippi

U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel speaking to reporters in Starkville. (Craig Ford, WTVA)
U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel speaking to reporters in Starkville. (Craig Ford, WTVA)
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Updated: 6/12 7:30 pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) — U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel used a Thursday news conference in Starkville to respond to accusations made by incumbent Thad Cochran less than two weeks before they meet in the GOP primary runoff.

One accusation is it would be dangerous to elect McDaniel because he's critical of Cochran's influence in Washington to funnel federal money to Mississippi.

"Ladies and gentlemen, there's nothing dangerous about wanting to balance a budget," said McDaniel.  "There's nothing extreme about adhering to the Constitution. And there's nothing radical at all or dangerous about traditional family values."

He also defended himself against the claim by the Cochran campaign that electing McDaniel would hurt funding for highways.

"My opponent says he's not going to spend money like I spend money," said Cochran during a campaign stop in the Jackson area.  "Well, you're not going to have any roads and bridges. And you're not going to have a lot of things that are essential to our economic betterment and growth opportunities."

"We're not going to cut highway construction. That's more fearmongering, more distortions," said McDaniel.  "They're desperate because they know they're losing."

McDaniel's comments came as the candidate was making a swing through northeast Mississippi, a region that primarily went for Cochran in the June 3 primary.  However, McDaniel got more votes statewide.

The Republican primary runoff is June 24.
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