On Thursday, Chris McDaniel announced his candidacy to run for U.S. Senate in the 2014 elections. If Senator Thad Cochran decides to run again, he is considered a very heavy favorite in the race. McDaniel says it won't be easy, but feels it's time for a change.
Monday night, he entered the St. Martin Community Center to thunderous applause from campaign supporters. He is on the third day of his multi city campaign tour.
"The goal is to change Washington, to do our very best to make a difference. Our generation has to be engaged in this fight. The goal is to get out there and make people aware of what's happening, and to move forward with change," said McDaniel.
McDaniel could face long time incumbent Thad Cochran, who some consider almost unbeatable. A GOP insider once said the only two men who could possibly beat Cochran in a Senate race were Jesus Christ or Billy Graham.
But that was five years ago, and McDaniel feels Senator Cochran's vote to compromise on the Affordable Care Act has sparked some concern.
"I admire Senator Cochran. I truly do. But at the end of the day, it's about his record. It's about his voting record. At some point we have to look at him and ask why he's moved so far to the left and why we can't move further back to the right. We're looking forward to the debate. It will be a good fight for Mississippi."
McDaniel entertained an attentive crowd with his beliefs about less government, repealing the Affordable Care Act, and his goals to stand strong on his conservative beliefs. Supporters of the McDaniel campaign couldn't agree more.
Cathy Jasinski of Gautier feels that he is trying to get back to basics, and Susan Garrett agrees.
"He is a constitutional conservative, and he believes that we need less government in our life, and that we need less spending," said Garrett.
McDaniel has been closely allied with tea party supporters and is chairman of the state Senate Conservative Coalition.