JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi says he is seeking a seventh term next year because he wants to reduce the national debt and roll back the Obama administration's health care overhaul.
Cochran announced his re-election bid Friday. The Republican has brought billions of dollars to his home state, which is sure to be an issue when he faces tea party-backed challenger state Sen. Chris McDaniel in a primary. McDaniel says federal spending is out of control.
Cochran turns 76 on Saturday. He has been in the Senate since 1978 and he's the top GOP lawmaker on the Agriculture Committee and a senior member of the Appropriations panel.
The primary will be in June.