CNN reports that Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Mississippi, is backing Jeb Bush for president, 

The endorsement marks Bush’s fourth Senate endorsement and 30th total from a member of Congress.

“Jeb Bush is the proven leader the American people need as we face grave threats from abroad and continued economic challenges at home. Jeb is a serious leader with executive experience and a forward-looking vision,” said Cochran, who’s now in his seventh term in the Senate.

According to the report Bush also has support from other liberal Republican Sens. Orrin Hatch of Utah, Dean Heller of Nevada, and Susan Collins of Maine. The Republican candidate, who now finds himself in the low-single digits in national polls, leads the GOP presidential field with Senate endorsements.

Cochran narrowly survived a conservative primary challenge last year by Chris McDaniel. Despite heavy anti-Washington sentiment that rocketed McDaniel to tea party fame, Cochran won a closely-watched runoff in part thanks to Democratic voters who turned out in support.

McDaniel endorsed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in August. Cruz is now surging in the latest national polls and leads by five points in the latest polls in Iowa.


5 thoughts on “Cochran joins other liberal Republican Senators to endorse Bush. 

  1. George Will published in National Review: “Today, however, there is no need to nominate Cruz in order to make the GOP conservative. Cruz sits in a Senate that has no Republicans akin to the liberals Goldwater served with — New York’s Jacob Javits, Massachusetts’s Edward Brooke, Illinois’s Charles Percy, New Jersey’s Clifford Case, California’s Thomas Kuchel. When Jeb Bush, the most conservative governor of a large state since Ronald Reagan (by some metrics — taxes, school choice — Bush was a more conservative governor than Reagan), is called a threat to conservatism, Republicans are with Alice in Wonderland.”

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    1. Well, you know, except for the voters being the ones to decide, and all.

      Jeb Bush is for Common Core, for amnesty and for bailouts. His label as “a more conservative governor than Reagan” by George Will hardly qualifies as a substantive discussion important to conservative voters today, in light of the failed policies the country has seen from both moderate and left leaning Republicans and Democrats.

      His polling numbers are indicative of that.

      As to the assertion that the liberal Republicans today aren’t as liberal as in Goldwater’s day, maybe that’s true, maybe not. But that’s not the issue. The issue is their willingness to keep surrendering that has made them impotent in the eyes of the voting public.

      1. There simply are no liberal Republicans today (except in the eyes of the kind of rightists who would find Reagan a moderate). There are no Republicans of the sort Will names. I remember them. One of our problems is that we have people who either do not know about those days or do not chose to remember them. The term “conservative” has been hijacked by those who think the big tent Republican and pragmatic conservative Reagan was not sufficiently conservative. The real Reagan would have no problem working with the Republican leadership in Washington or in MS. He would not consider surrendering and impotent politicians. We have Trump, a non-conservative as the current front runner. We have Cruz, who would have criticized Reagan and whom Reagan would not have liked, as the choice of those who have a non-historical understanding of conservatism.

      2. You make a lot of assumptions about what you think Reagan would have and would have not liked.

        Hardening back to the conservatism that existed during that time and the challenges that conservatives faced then is in no way a given as exactly how and what they would do in reaction to the massive lurch left we have seen in the past 12 to 15 years.

        While your assessment of Trump is founded at least in some of the positions he has actually taken, the same can’t be said of Cruz.

        Cruz has laid out a plan based on following constitutional principles as a means to meet the challenges we face today.

        Is there something specific you can name that Cruz has proposed that you disagree with?

      3. I watched the Cruz interview with Joe Scarborough this morning, and I though he was very good. However, while I do have some policy differences with him, my main problems are twofold: 1. One has to do with one of the things I am sure you like about him. He talks as though he is the standard of pure and true conservatism. Compared to him, Reagan was not a real conservative, hence his disdain for Reagan Republicans. His way of defining himself is to see himself as against the “establishment” and standing for conservative principles. He is generally not liked by his colleagues on the Republican side of the Senate aisle. He has shown the ability to be a maverick but not to be a leader who can put people together to accomplish things. Reagan knew how to make a deal and was willing. Reagan was likeable. Reagan could disagree strongly and still like and work work with those who disagreed with him. Some like Cruz cannot hold the Party together much less expand it. And he would not be able to govern effectively. 2. He is “courageous” enough to brand his fellow Republicans not true conservatives and to call Mitch McConnell a liar. But not courageous enough to call Trump a bigot for his “no Muslims” immigration stance. 3. I think if Trump is the nominee, we lose the Presidency about 60-40, lose the Senate, and put the House in play. If Cruz is the nominee I guess it is 55-45 with same outcomes, I think the Democrats achieve a Roosevelt like hegemony. I don’t want to see the Republican Party or conservatism set back that bad. One place you and I probably agree is that the country is doing to hell in a handbasket. If we lose in ’16 I am doubtful the country back from the precipice. I would not be losing in order to win down the road but losing to to make a point and guaranteeing more losing.

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