Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel, a hardline conservative who nearly toppled Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) in the 2014 midterm primaries, told Breitbart News exclusively on Wednesday evening he is considering launching another bid for the U.S. Senate in 2018.
This new bid would come against Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS), a different but similar U.S. Senator from the Magnolia State, amid concerns over House Speaker Paul Ryan’s Obamacare 2.0 plan, the “American Health Care Act.”
“I am definitely considering another run for U.S. Senate, for precisely the reason that now is the time when Mississippi’s conservatives should be leading the nation in the fight against Obamacare. Rather than championing conservative reform in D.C., Mississippi’s federal delegation — and Roger Wicker in particular — has been silent. Mississippians are among the most conservative people in the republic. We shouldn’t have to beg our Senators to fight for us.”
Wicker has until now remained publicly silent on the bill from Ryan and House GOP leaders, even though Ryan’s legislation does not repeal Obamacare, keeps in place the individual mandate but shifts the recipient of the penalty payment from a tax collected by the government to a fee collected by insurance companies, keeps the Obamacare Cadillac Tax in place indefinitely—among many other serious concerns.
Republicans party-wide are rising up against it, from the House Freedom Caucus to Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Mike Lee (R-UT). Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who does not support the concept, says it does not have enough support to pass the Senate—and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), a moderate, says it will not pass the Senate either and that it is dead on arrival should it even reach that chamber. But it is unlikely to get there. The House Freedom Caucus, aides say, is united against the bill, and that is more than enough members to crush it.