Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) was visiting an area where he grew up in Mississippi earlier this week when he made a comment that drew laughs from the crowd, but it’s continuing to elicit a chuckle at his expense.
While speaking for his re-election bid to a crowd in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Cochran explained that he and his family would frequently visit the area for the holidays and vacations.
“…all the same time trying to get back as often as we could, because it was fun,” Cochran said. “It was an adventure to be out there in the country and to see what goes on. Picking of pecans, from bad to all kinds of indecent things to animals.”
And while this last bit of his comment drew laughs from the crowd, one can see how it could raise a few eyebrows instead.
The Clarion-Ledger, which took footage of Cochran’s statement, speculated that he was likely joking about harassing animals in his youth, something along the lines of cow tipping or other similar antics. The newspaper also pointed out an ill-timed ad showing a dairy cow in a wig that ran in conjunction with its video of Cochran.
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“I’ll check with my political correctness department and get back to you,” the senator’s spokesman Jordan Russell told the Daily Caller of Cochran’s comments.
The Hattiesburg American reported that Cochran also made his strongest statements Tuesday against opponent Chris McDaniel and his supporters, calling him an “extremist.” McDaniel garnered a slight lead in a primary vote on June 3, but neither candidate was more than 50 percent, leading them into a runoff on June 24.