It was day three of politicking at the Neshoba County Fair and three candidates running for Mississippi's U.S.Senate seat in November's special election are pleading their cases. MPB's Ashley Norwood reports.
A crowd of people gather under the founder's square pavilion at the annual fair listening to the strategies of Democratic former U.S. Rep. Mike Espy and Republicans U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith and state Sen. Chris McDaniel.
McDaniel says he is the only Republican in the race with proven conservative values.
"Cindy spent her entire life lobbying for pharmaceutical companies and healthcare companies that backed Obamacare. She voted for Hillary Clinton and she spent three terms in the state Senate as a Democrat. I am not a Democrat. Mr. Espy and Mrs. Smith they are Democrats. I'm a conservative. When people hear that message, when they understand that conservatism is alive and well in this state of the Reagan mold, then they are going to come home and we are going to win this race," said McDaniel.
Hyde-Smith told an audience that despite previously being a Democrat, she has a conservative track record.
"But if you want someone with a proven track record of supporting conservative legislation, defending those tax cuts, and nothing is more important to me than our gun rights. I am a lifetime NRA member. I would humbly ask for your support," said Hyde-Smith.
Some questioned if former U.S. congressman Espy could navigate today's political climate. He says he is older but wiser.
The other candidate on the ballot is Tobey Bartee. Mississippi's special election for U.S. Senate is November 6. Ashley Norwood, MPB News.