Childers will challenge Cochran to debate - dares to not mention McDaniel


Democrat Travis Childers will hold a news conference today in Jackson to reiterate his debate challenge to Sen. Thad Cochran.

That strange hissing noise you hear is the mysterious Chris McDaniel seething because he hasn't officially given up his claim to the Republican nomination.

Childers apparently doesn't think much of McDaniel's chances should he appeal his election challenge to the state Supreme Court. That challenge of his loss to Cochran in the June 24 runoff was tossed last week by Special Judge Hollis McGehee, who ruled it came too late.

Childers earlier accepted an invitation to debate at Ole Miss but Cochran refused to debate McDaniel in the primary campaign and has given no indication he has changed his mind. Back then, he said he was running for Senate, not the debate team.

Cochran didn't accept an invitation to meet with the Sun Herald editorial board, an invitation that still stands. Childers spokeswoman Lindsey White said the Democratic candidate accepts the Sun Herald's invitation but a date hasn't been set.

Childers said he wants to have debates all across the state.

The release from Childer's office says:

Congressman Childers believes that voters living in central Mississippi and all around our state deserve the opportunity to hear from the candidates who will represent them in Washington for the next six years; and Thursday, Childers will call on Senator Cochran to participate in discussing the many issues important to hard-working, Mississippi families.

Childers, and presumably Cochran, will meet in the Nov. 4 general election along with the inscrutable independent Shawn O'Hara. O'Hara ran for the Senate in 2012 and received just over one percent of the vote.