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Republican Tom Cotton invites Obama to Arkansas

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By JEANNIE NUSS
Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Republican Senate hopeful and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton says President Barack Obama should visit Arkansas to see the effects of the nation's new health care law.

Campaign officials for Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor dismissed Cotton's invitation Friday as a political stunt.

Cotton can make political hay whether Obama visits or not. If the president does come, the congressman can say he somehow influenced Obama's decision to visit. If the president stays away, Cotton can claim Obama is afraid to find out what people think of the Affordable Care Act.

Obama remains deeply unpopular in Arkansas, and he hasn't visited the state during his presidency. Cotton says the new health care law has had a devastating impact on Arkansans.

Pryor is seeking a third term. Cotton represents south Arkansas' 4th District.

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