Conservative Review senior editor Daniel Horowitz has an ongoing series of 2018 midterm candidate interviews for his CRTV “The Conservative Conscience” podcast distributed by Westwood One. In this episode, Horowitz interviews Mississippi state Senator Chris McDaniel, the Republican candidate in a special election to fill the seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss.
Conservatives may remember McDaniel from his 2014 primary challenge against Cochran. McDaniel won a larger share of the vote than Cochran in the first stage of the primary, but then lost to Cochran in the runoff after Democratic voters infiltrated Mississippi’s open primary to push the incumbent over the finish line. Four years later, McDaniel is back. Two weeks ago, he declared his candidacy to challenge Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., but switched races to run for the open seat after Cochran announced his retirement. Republican Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant will appoint an interim senator who will serve until a special election for the remainder of Cochran’s term in November.
In this interview, McDaniel responds to criticism over his decision to switch races, explains his priorities for the United States Senate, and discusses what it takes to win as an insurgent conservative.
Here are five key takeaways from the interview:
It’s funny about that. When I was his Jones County chairperson when he ran for lieutenant governor, he didn’t think I was opportunistic then. When I stood for him in the chamber and fought for his agenda with his top lieutenant in the chamber for four years, he didn’t think I was opportunistic then. When I filed a lawsuit against Obamacare to render it unconstitutional because our state attorney general did not, and he was my client in that lawsuit, he didn’t think I was opportunistic then. When I helped him get to governor, when I helped him campaign door-to-door [and] every other way, he didn’t think I was opportunistic then. You know when he thought it, Daniel? When he finally met with Mitch McConnell.
If McDaniel is elected to the Senate, he will serve through 2020. He told Horowitz that he wants the people of Mississippi to send him home if he wins the election and fails to keep his promises.
To learn more about McDaniel, visit his website.
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Editor’s note: Daniel Horowitz worked at the Madison Project when the PAC endorsed Chris McDaniel for Senate in Mississippi in 2013.
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