|By Paul Hampton, The Sun Herald|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Who could blame them. It was in the upper 60s when the first speaker --
"I brought the weather from
Hood, who used a good portion of his allotted 10 minutes to praise his son's Solar Car racing team that had just won his school's 17th national championship, said he wished politicians would cool it as well.
"I don't know about you, but this past
"This discourse we had ... makes me hope that one day we will swing back to a more moderate opinion."
He obviously was talking about
Almost as remarkable as the weather was the absence of any political paraphernalia for state Sen.
But Lt. Gov.
But first, Reeves offered to be of service to the fair crowd.
"We've heard a lot of promises from the podium, from this very podium, through the years and I always wondered if someone was going to get up and promise cooler weather. Well if you are looking for someone to give the credit to, I am more than willing to accept the credit."
Reeves first paid tribute to Sen.
Then he talked a little about his own future.
"I've been told the gossip columnists who covered the Capitol say I need to be worried about next year's election," he said. "They say that the Democrats want to beat me. They say that the moderates are looking for a candidate, and they even say some of my fellow conservatives may want to run against me.
"Now, does this surprise me? Not at all."
But he quickly staked out a position as the anti-establishment candidate, a role McDaniel took against Cochran.
"In every political campaign I've had, I run against the powers that be and their chosen candidate," he said. "And let's face it, in every battle in the Mississippi Capitol in the last three years, I've been in the middle of the fight. I've never been the favorite of the political elite but the voters seem to be OK with that."
For the record, Reeves said he hasn't decided what he'll do in 2015.
He went on to talk about
He also took a shot at a recent study that ranked
He preferred a more recent study from
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