Thad Cochran Seems Unaware That Eric Cantor Lost His Seat

Alex Pappas Political Reporter
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It was one of the biggest stories in politics this week, but Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran appears unaware that House majority leader lost his GOP primary in Virginia on Tuesday.

In a video posted online by Fox News, an interviewer asked the senator – locked in a competitive runoff — if he was concerned about what happened in Virginia. The incumbent senator replied, “I don’t know what you’re talking about. What happened in Virginia?”

Cochran – who has said multiple times that he doesn’t know much about the tea party – is being challenged on the right from state Sen. Chris McDaniel. The run off in June 24.

Here’s a transcript of the interview:

Interviewer: What happened in Virginia the other day, does that concern you for your chances here in this runoff?

Cochran: I don’t know what you’re talking about. What happened in Virginia?

Interviewer: With Eric Cantor losing his seat.

Cochran: Well, I haven’t really followed that campaign very closely at all.

Interviewer: Really?

Cochran: Really.

Interviewer: You have no comment that you want to make?

Cochran: …You asked me what happened. I don’t know. I didn’t follow that campaign very closely.

Interviewer: Well Eric Cantor lost his seat as the majority leader.

Cochran: Well it happens. You know, members of Congress, some win, some lose. It’s not an automatic proposition that you get re-elected just because you done a good job. Voters make their own decisions and I respect their judgment.

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