By Floyd Ingram
HOUSTON – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., stopped in Houston this week to visit with employees at Franklin Corporation to discuss politics and ask Republicans to vote for him this fall.
Cochran was at Franklin for about an hour Thursday and chatted with employees about issues and shook hands at the largest furniture factory in Chickasaw County at more than 1,200 employees.
Cochran, 76, of Pontotoc, was late getting off the bus as he was being updated on President Barack Obama’s announcement that he was seeking military options to combat a growing threat from the Islamic State in Syria.
“We need to be very cautious and make sure what we do serves the nation’s national security interests,” said Cochran. “The first priority – one of my first priorities – is to keep America safe.”
Cochran said American interests abroad often require them to exert force and send men and women into harm’s way.
“Sometimes we can work with others and sometimes we can’t,” said Cochran. “We need to look at our options and be consistent. Sometimes those decisions make people in this world mad at us. That is why Congress and the President need to work together in making those decisions.”
Cochran serves as vice chairman of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. He faces Democrat Travis Childers of Booneville and perennial candidate Shawn O’Hara, who is running on the Reform Party ticket, for the Nov. 4 U.S. Senate ballot.
Cochran narrowly defeated Republican challenger and Tea Party favorite State Sen. Chris McDaniel in the June 24 party primary.
Cochran’s campaign bus stopped in Houston as part of a sweep of the state that started early last week on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and worked its way to Northeast Mississippi this past weekend. The campaign swing saw eight stops Thursday, with a trip to the Mississippi State/Southern Mississippi football game in Starkville today.