LITTLE ROCK (KATV)- Sen. Mark Pryor said his opponent
in the race, Congressman Tom Cotton, has a "sense of entitlement,"
when asked about if Cotton's military service qualified him for the Senate.
In an interview with NBC News, Pryor was asked about Cotton's military
service in which he said he has "total respect" for his opponent's
two tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and would "never criticize"
Cotton's military service. Pryor said he was thankful for Cotton's service. The
reporter asked Pryor if he sees it as a qualification to become a senator.
"Uh, no. There's a lot of people in the senate that didn't serve in the
military. In the senate we have all kinds of different people, all kinds of
different folks that have come from all different kinds of back grounds and I
think that's part of this sense of entitlement that he gives off. Is that it's
almost like 'I served my country therefore let me to the Senate.' That's not
how it works in Arkansas," Pryor said.
Cotton's campaign fired back in a statement.
"This is a sad display of arrogance from a career politician who has
been seeking office for more than two decades and an insult to everyone who has
served. Senator Pryor has proven once again how truly out-of-touch with
Arkansans he is, just as when he voted for Obamacare, the wasteful stimulus,
all the bailouts and for President Obama's agenda more than 90% of the
time," said Cotton campaign spokesperson David Ray.
The Arkansas GOP held a press conference in response to Cotton's comments.
"Military service is a great qualification for public service and a
damn good one at that," said Doyle Webb, chairman of the Arkansas
Republican Party, "This according to senator pryor is entitlement? How out
of touch and offensive could one united states senator be."
Pryor's campaign told Channel 7 News that the words were taken out of
context and that Pryor was talking about Cotton's political ambitions.
"Of course Mark is grateful for Congressman Cotton's service, but this
campaign is about two very different records in Congress and it's Cotton's
irresponsible votes against Medicare, Social Security and affordable student
loans that matter most to Arkansas voters," said Pryor deputy campaign
manager Erik Dorey.
The Pryor campaign held their own press conference at Pryor's campaign
headquarters today with four veterans defending Pryor's comments.
"I watched the interview. I didn't think it was offensive at all,"
said a veteran Mike Ross, not the gubernatorial candidate, "I'll tell you,
that guy, Mark Pryor, works for veterans he doesn't disrespect them."