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Cochran: GOP Race Could Go To Convention

By Jeffrey Hess | Published 05 Mar 2012 05:25pm | comments
Senator Thad Cochran

Today is Super Tuesday with voters in 10 states casting ballots in the Republican presidential primary. Mississippians will vote a week from today and MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports that Mississippi's senior US senator believes the state's voters will matter.

Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran has thrown his support behind former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney for his party's presidential nomination...However, he thinks the race will still be tight when Mississippi voters go to the polls a week from today.

"These early states do have an influence and they help shape the debate and a lot of issues get tested in the campaigns in the primaries. But we are going to have to wait a little while longer before we know who the nominee is going to be," Cochran said.

Cochran says there is a chance that the nominee won't be decided before the Republican convention in August.

However, he also says the long nominating process will help the eventual nominee prepare their political message and make them a stronger general election candidate.

One of the biggest issues in the campaign has been the potential of war with Iran.

Cochran thinks the U-S should try to avoid another war.

"Well, I don't think we ought to go to war with Iran. And I hope they don't attack us and provoke a response. But we certainly are going to defend our interest and we are going to protect the interests of our close friends and allies in the region. And I think that everyone should know that going in," Cochran said.

Cochran has spent 3 decades in congress and says the environment in Washington has always been contentious, but the round the clock television coverage has made it more visible.

"I think it is there to stay. It certainly serves a very useful purpose with putting everybody in the country in touch with what is going on in the congress," Cochran said.

Cochran's sixth term in office expires in two years, but the 74 year old says he has not decided if he will seek a seventh term.

You can hear more of MPB's interview with the Senator at 8:30 on Mississippi edition.


Senator Thad Cochran



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