Democrat Bartee: Improve education to boost US standing

A Mississippi candidate running an inexpensive U.S. Senate campaign says the nation needs to strengthen education to compete internationally.

Posted: Oct 30, 2018 1:08 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi candidate running an inexpensive U.S. Senate campaign says the nation needs to strengthen education to compete internationally.

Democrat Tobey Bernard Bartee spoke Tuesday at Millsaps College in Jackson.

Bartee is a former military intelligence officer and pledged to evaluate issues before deciding to how spend "scarce" government resources.

He is one of four candidates running to fill the final two years of a six-year term started by Republican Sen. Thad Cochran.

The governor appointed Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith to temporarily succeed Cochran, who retired in April. She is challenged by Bartee, Democratic former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy and Republican state Sen. Chris McDaniel.

Party labels won't appear on the ballot. If nobody receives a majority Nov. 6, the top two go to a Nov. 27 runoff.

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