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Sen. Wicker discusses Washington politics

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Mississippi's congressional leaders are on break from Washington and back in the Magnolia State, but the recess hasn't slowed the dirty politics. Mississippi's congressional leaders are on break from Washington and back in the Magnolia State, but the recess hasn't slowed the dirty politics.
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Mississippi's congressional leaders are on break from Washington and back in the Magnolia State, but the recess hasn't slowed the dirty politics.

An attack ad circulating online compares Sen. Roger Wicker to a chicken. The video ad is on the web site for the Tea Party Group "For America." 

"Senator Wicker, conservatives don't need a chicken when it comes to Obamacare. Avoid the mess, be a leader who will fight to defund it now," the video's narrator said.

Wicker responded by saying the group doesn't have the facts on their side. He said they actually have the same goal of repealing and replacing Obamacare, but Wicker says the group's suggestion of a government shutdown isn't the answer.

"It would cause a lot of havoc but it wouldn't have any effect on the Obamacare act," said Wicker.

Obamacare is funded through automatic spending like Social Security and Medicare.

"The facts are these, we don't have an appropriation bill coming up in September that funds Obamacare. If we did, I would vote against that appropriation bill," Wicker explained.

Still, he said he's encouraged by the changing tides on the Affordable Care Act.

"What's developing is a bi-partisan support about the way this well-intentioned act is going to effect people in their daily lives, effect the ability of families to have health insurance coverage," said the senator.

On the international front, recent attacks in Egypt have caught the attention of our nation's leaders.

"Egypt receives military aid. What do they do with that military aid? they turn right around and purchase military equipment from American manufacturers," explained Wicker.

He believes it's important to continue that funding.

"It's a two-for for us, peace in the Middle East and jobs for Americans," Wicker said.

He said the budget deadline will be at the top of the priority list when they return to the Capitol next month.

Wicker also commented on what the future of the state's congressional leadership will look like. There has been speculation that longtime Sen. Thad Cochran could retire, but Wicker said he expects to see Cochran back on the ballot.

"He shows every indication of being someone who's not winding down his career. So, I hope he runs for re-election. I think Mississippi and the United States as a whole would be well served if we can keep Thad Cochran in office," Wicker said.

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