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(From L) Sentors Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) listen as Larry Pope, president and chief executive officer of Smithfield Foods Inc, testifies to the Senate Agriculture Committee during a hearing examining foreign purchases of American food companies on Capitol Hill in Washington July 10, 2013. Larry Pope on Wednesday faced tough questioning from U.S. lawmakers concerned the proposed sale of Virginia ham maker to China (From L) Sentors Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) listen as Larry Pope, president and chief executive officer of Smithfield Foods Inc, testifies to the Senate Agriculture Committee during a hearing examining foreign purchases of American food companies on Capitol Hill in Washington July 10, 2013. Larry Pope on Wednesday faced tough questioning from U.S. lawmakers concerned the proposed sale of Virginia ham maker to China's largest pork producer could hurt U.S. food safety and lead to higher prices for American consumers. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS FOOD ENVIRONMENT) - RTX11J9J  

Thad Cochran Says He Grew Up Doing ‘All Kinds Of Indecent Things With Animals’

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Chuck Ross
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Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran, who is facing the fight of his political life in a run off election against state senator Chris McDaniel, has admitted to some unexplained youthful indiscretion involving animals.

Touting his strong ties to the area near Pine Bluff, which turned out heavily for McDaniel in the June 3 GOP primary, the 76 year-old Cochran said that he used to play in the countryside as a child.

And that’s not all.

He did “all kinds of indecent things with animals,” he said, according to the Hattiesburg American.

It’s an odd remark in an already bizarre campaign.

Several McDaniel supporters were involved in a plot to take a picture of Cochran’s ailing wife in her residence at a nursing home. And on the night of the June 3 runoff, other McDaniel supporters were found locked inside of the courthouse where votes were being tallied.

Cochran addressed those incidents in his remarks on Tuesday, the Hattiesburg American reported.

Cochran campaign spokesman Jordan Russell downplayed Cochran’s comment about his youthful whimsies with animals.

“I’ll check with my political correctness department and get back to you,” he told The Daily Caller.

McDaniel received around 1,400 more votes than Cochran in the June 3 primary. But with 49.5 percent of the vote to Cochran’s 49 percent showing, McDaniel did not eclipse the 50 percent threshold required to avoid a runoff, which will be held on June 24.

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