Oct 13, 2014 4:24 PM

Cotton, Pryor stick to familiar themes in debate

The Associated Press

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) The candidates in Arkansas' heated Senate race have stuck to familiar themes in their first debate, with Sen. Mark Pryor accusing Republican Rep. Tom Cotton of being beholden to billionaire donors and Cotton casting Pryor as the president's closest ally in Arkansas.

The two squared off Monday in a debate held by the Arkansas Educational Television Network that also featured the Libertarian and Green Party nominees. Pryor accused Cotton of putting his ambition before the state, saying outside groups were investing in his bid hoping for a payoff.

Cotton repeatedly invoked President Barack Obama and said the two-term Democratic senator represents the president's policies.

The race is one of the most expensive in the country and is crucial to Republicans' efforts to win a majority in the Senate.


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