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Sen. Pryor & Rep. Cotton butt heads over facts in political advertisement, lawyer warns political ads can legally be false

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LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - Senator Mark Pryor is calling on Representative Tom Cotton to pull an advertisement from the airwaves that Pryor says is making false claims.  Cotton stands by his word and says he doesn't plan on pulling the ad ever.

If you've watched television since Saturday, chances are you've seen the "Good for the Gander" advertisement Rep. Cotton has been running in Little Rock.  The republican representative has spent $67,845 to run the ad on Little Rock's four television stations, plus Comcast. 

The advertisement says Sen. Pryor, "cast the deciding vote to make you live under Obamacare," and says the democratic senator voted for, "everyone in Congress [to receive] special subsidies, so they're protected from Obamacare."

Politifact, a non-partisan fact checking website through the Tampa Bay Times, claims the advertisement as – "false." 

The website claims:

"Cotton said Pryor voted for "special subsidies" for lawmakers and staff in congress "so they're protected from Obamacare." The subsidy referred to is the government continuing to share the cost of insurance premiums as is standard practice in every establishment that offers insurance to its workers. There is nothing special about that. The only thing special about Obamacare and Congress is that the law treated Congress and its workers differently than any other group of workers."

The Pulitzer Prize winning organization also mentioned that the claim that Pryor was the deciding vote on Obamacare isn't really true either – claiming that distinction really belongs to Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Florida).  Pryor agrees with Politifact and wants Pryor to take the ad down.

"If they don't take it off it kind of shows you the kind of campaign that he's going to run and from my standpoint I don't think people in Arkansas like it when they find out they've been misled," said Pryor.

However Cotton says Pryor is the one misleading Arkansans.  Cotton says the facts in his advertisement are 100% true and there is no way he is removing the advertisement.

"I think I'm going to run it even longer," said Cotton.  "The people of Arkansas deserve to know that no matter what Mark Pryor says to them when he's back home, when he's in Washington D.C., he votes with Barack Obama ninety percent of the time."

Andrew King, attorney with Williams & Anderson PLC and concentrates on media law, says regardless of fact of not – legally any political advertisement can still be run.

"The law treats somebody who's a public figure as somebody who has an equal chance to go out there and set the record straight," said King.

Pryor is backing up his claims in his own advertisement, refuting Cotton.  He began running the advertisement on Tuesday.

But King warns TV viewers, when watching any political ads, "don't believe everything you see or hear on TV."

King said it's up to people to look up the facts themselves in order to be an educated voter.

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