RELEASE: Thad Cochran’s Real Record on Life and Guns

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 and is filed under Elections, News, Press

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Fort Worth, TX – The Madison Project PAC released the following statement in response to Senator Thad Cochran’s (R-MS) misleading TV ad portraying himself as 100% pro-life and pro-second amendment rights:

“Like every liberal Republican ashamed of his voting record, Senator Cochran is campaigning as a born-again conservative, instead of defending his record,” said Daniel Horowitz of the Madison Project.  “He obfuscates the fact that he helped sabotage the effort to defund Obamacare.  With regards to life, he is actually one of the few Republicans who has voted for an anti-life agenda on numerous occasions.  And with regards to guns, Cochran is hoping that the lack of votes on Second Amendment issues in recent years will erase his past history of voting to ban guns.  The voters of Mississippi deserve honesty from Cochran who should be defending his true record instead of obfuscating the truth.”

Here are the facts:


  • Voted for Medicaid funding for abortions [Roll Call #132, May 21, 1981]
  • Voted to table the amendment to bar the use of federal District of Columbia funds to pay for abortions, except to save the life of the mother [Roll Call #291, November 7, 1985]
  • Voted for federally funded research on embryonic stem cells [Roll Call #206, July 18, 2006 Roll Call #127, April 11, 2007]
  • Voted against straightening laws to circumvent taking minors across state lines for abortions without parental notification [Roll Call #71, March 13, 2008]


  • Voted for then-Senator Joe Biden’s massive gun control bill, which banned numerous firearms and created undue  burdens and waiting periods on purchasers [Roll Call #125, July 11. 1991]
  • Voted to impose background checks on private transfers and supersede numerous state laws with a sweeping federal mandate [RC #140, May 20, 1999]
    • Voted to prohibit the sale of all guns without Washington-approved safety devices [Roll Call #17, February 26, 2004]


  • Cochran claims that he voted to repeal Obamacare over 100 times, but he has always opposed the only consequential means of actually disrupting the law, which is by objecting to any budget that contains funding  [RC#206, Sept. 27, 2013; RC# 219, Oct. 16, 2013]

The Madison Project endorsed Chris McDaniel  (R-MS) against Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS). To view our endorsement click here.

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