Longtime Mississippi senator Thad Cochran, who will be 76 at the end of this year, hasn't said whether he'll run for a seventh term in 2014. But late last week another Republican entered the primary race for Senate, and he's challenging Cochran from the right. Chris McDaniel, a state senator, lawyer, and radio host, has received endorsements from influential conservative groups like the Senate Conservatives Fund, the Madison Project, and the Club for Growth. On Monday, the Club released a new TV ad in Mississippi touting the 41-year-old McDaniel as a "constitutional conservative with backbone."
"Washington's a mess," says the voiceover in the 30-second spot. "Bailouts, record debts, government-run health care, career politicians bankrupting our country."
"Had enough?" the voiceover adds. Watch the ad below:
The ad doesn't mention or show Cochran, though it does flash images of Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. Instead, it introduces McDaniel as a fighter against big spending and Obamacare. The voiceover concludes that McDaniel is the "new strong conservative leader Mississippi needs in the U.S. Senate."
McDaniel has said he "respects" and "admires" Cochran but has criticized his voting record, most recently Cochran's support of the congressional bill to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling.