In an exclusive interview with The Schpiel, State Sen. McDaniel said that there was a “serious anti-establishment movement that’s alive in this country” that he believed would help propel his candidacy for U.S. Senate in the Mississippi special election later this year.
“Washington is not listening – they’re disconnected from regular people,” he added.
Despite being a life-long Republican, he accused the Republican Party of having taken the wrong path in recent years.
“We became just as disconnected as the other side of the equation, the Democratic establishment,” McDaniel said. “We have to drain the swamp – we have to remove the established class in Washington, D.C.”
He went on to say that he believes he stands a better chance in this non-partisan race than his previous bid in 2014, where he was defeated by crossover Democratic voters seeking to block him getting the Republican nomination in his primary challenge to then-incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran after the Cochran campaign used “egregious accusations” and “race baiting” against McDaniel.
“It illustrated how far they’ll go – how vicious they can be – just to hold on to power,” McDaniel said.
He also touted other factors that could help his bid.
“I’m the only lifetime Republican running in the race,” he stated, noting his main Republican opponent switched party a few years ago.
Despite his strident support for the President, he broke from the administration on the issue of strikes against the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria in favor of the more restrained stance taken by much of the President’s ‘America First’ base.
“I’m not a fan of a hyper-interventionist policy, and I fail to see what our national interest is in Syria,” he said, advocating for a “more prudent” foreign policy.
“Let me tell you how much I love the military – enough not to send them to be the world’s police force.”
On immigration, he took a hard line, with “100 percent” opposition to amnesty for DACA recipients.
He took a similarly strong stance on tax reform, advocating for further and more comprehensive cuts.
“On one side of the equation, if we don’t cut spending, we’re increasing debt,” McDaniel said. “But bear in mind that as we do implement significant tax reduction across the board, the Austrian School seems to indicate that you’ll going to see extra economic growth.”
He concluded by urging conservatives to unite and help election principled patriots in the 2018 mid-terms.
“Whether you call yourself a nationalist, or an insurgent, or anti-establishment, we should all be against business as usual in D.C.”
To find out more about Chris McDaniel’s campaign, visit his website here.