Things got heated on Thursday during a meet-and-greet event at a Mississippi grocery store for Chris McDaniel (R-MS). During the event, McDaniel was confronted by a 77-year-old former school teacher and Democrat, and tempers flared.
John Davis, the former school teacher, demanded to know how McDaniel could follow through on what he said he would do. And when the retired school teacher was handed a typical right-wing talking point about about how the country borrows money and how the Republicans care so much about reducing the debt, Davis told McDaniel “I don’t want this rote answer. I want to know how you will accomplish it.”
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According to Talking Points Memo:
“How, with no seniority and a promise simply not to get along with anyone, will you accomplish any of the things you want to accomplish?” 77 year-old John Davis, a retired teacher and Democrat, shouted at McDaniel, according to The Wall Street Journal.
“What have they accomplished lately by putting us in debt?” McDaniel, who is running to secure the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Mississippi, shot back.
At one point Davis was wagging his finger for emphasis.
“What have they accomplished? They have accomplished airports. They have accomplished roads. They have accomplished schools,” Davis said.
“Get your finger out of my face,” McDaniel snapped in response. The state senator also said that the federal spending Davis was talking about was brought on “by adding trillions on my children’s back, trillions of dollars we can’t recover from. Our country borrows 46 cents on every dollar.”
“I don’t want this rote answer,” Davis said. “I want to know how you will accomplish it.”
The Cochran campaign capitalized quickly on the incident, sending out an email to supporters entitled “Clean up on aisle 4.” In a separate statement to TPM, the Cochran Campaign Communications Director Jordan Russell said that:
Do we really want a U.S. Senator who can’t get through the primary campaign without having four key supporters arrested for felonies; who can’t get through the primary election night without three campaign supporters and staffers breaking into a county courthouse and getting locked inside with ballots in the middle of the night; and who can’t get through a grocery store without a shouting match and nearly starting a fight with a voter?
The run-off election between McDaniel and Cochran is on June 24. You can watch the confrontation in the video below, courtesy of the Clarion-Ledger.
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