The Mark Pryor campaign released an ad on Wednesday, blaming his opponent for the spread of the Ebola virus in Africa. Claiming that by cutting “billions” from the “nation’s medical disaster and emergency programs,” he has exposed the nation to a life-threatening disease.
The voice-over in the op-ed goes like this:
“Tom Cotton voted against preparing America for pandemics like Ebola. Congressman Cotton voted to cut billions from our nation’s medical disaster and emergency programs. He was the only Arkansas congressman to vote this way, just like he was the only one to vote against Children’s Hospital. Instead, Cotton voted for tax cuts for billionaires funding his campaign, rather than protecting our families.”
This, however, is not the first time Senator Pryor has attacked Cotton for his choice of votes. Yet, by adding Ebola to the mix, Pryor might’ve just added insult to injury.
The Cotton campaign, of course, has no choice but to respond before their reputation is tarnished.
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According to The Washington Post, David Ray, spokesman for Cotton, said, “Sen. Pryor’s desperation is comical. In Sen. Pryor’s world, he doesn’t have to take responsibility for rubber-stamping the Obama agenda over 90 percent of the time, but wants Arkansas to believe Tom Cotton is responsible for everything from Ebola to crabgrass and male-pattern baldness.”
Via Digital Journal:
This second ad released in two weeks is highly effective in defining his opponent as an uncaring, insensitive Republican. The ad may be a sign of things to come in other hotly-contested United States Senate races, particularly in states like Kentucky, Georgia, Louisiana and North Carolina. The second ad is getting plenty of “free play” as the media has picked up coverage and leaving Cotton defenseless releasing a tepid, sarcastic response.
A closer look at this vote shows that it can be problematic for the campaign, since Cotton was one of the few to vote against this bipartisan bill with unanimous Democratic support. Cotton could be tagged as an extremist in this vote, since some of the most right-wing members of the House agreed with him. Tea Party-leaning members of the House of Representatives; Rep. James Bridenstine of Oklahoma, Rep. Raúl Labrador of Idaho, Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas, Rep. Tom Graves of Indiana, and even Rep. Marlin Stutzman of Indiana.