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Cotton, Pryor invited to televised debate in Fayetteville

By Lisa Burnett

This article was published July 17, 2014 at 3:06 p.m.

The Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce has invited U.S. Senate candidates Mark Pryor and Tom Cotton to participate in a televised debate in October.

The invitation was sent out Wednesday to the senatorial candidates by Steve Clark, president and chief executive officer of the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce.

The debate is scheduled for Oct. 14 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville. Clark said the debate will be televised on 40/29 KHBS-KHOG, an ABC affiliate in northwest Arkansas.

Pryor’s campaign announced in a statement Thursday that the U.S. Senator has accepted the invitation to the Fayetteville debate.

David Ray, spokesman for the Cotton campaign, said Cotton hasn’t confirmed his participation in the Fayetteville debate just yet.

“I am reaching out to Steve Clark of the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce to discuss this with them, and I still want to know when Sen. Pryor will give an answer to the other three Arkansas television stations that have offered debates that we have accepted,” David Ray, spokesman for the Cotton campaign, said.

Ray said the Cotton campaign has accepted three televised debate invitations from KAIT in Jonesboro and KARK/FOX 16 and KATV in Little Rock.

“Arkansans deserve this debate, and I commend Congressman Cotton for his willingness to stand before voters and finally answer for his irresponsible votes to turn Medicare over to the insurance companies, eliminate affordable student loans and deny disaster relief for devastated communities at the urging of his out-of-state billionaire backers,” Pryor said in a statement.

Clark said the candidates will be asked to address economic development and job creation, education and transportation in the Fayetteville debate.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... July 17, 2014 at 4:06 p.m.

Arkansans deserved a debate on Obama Care, but you ran from every town hall meeting Mr. Pryor.
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You voted for Obama Care in direct opposition to of what Arkansans voiced.

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carpenterretired says... July 17, 2014 at 5 p.m.

Will young Tom bring sergeant Norton with him for guidance ?

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edo1962 says... July 17, 2014 at 5:46 p.m.

Come on Pryor, don't be afraid

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HM2 says... July 17, 2014 at 7:36 p.m.

No need to bring Sgt. Norton or anyone else Mr. Cotton will wipe the floor with David Pryor. in other words clean his clock.

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HotSpringsLawyer says... July 17, 2014 at 7:53 p.m.

Wonder how much Sgt. Norton got for that ad?

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rjones says... July 18, 2014 at 6:39 a.m.

It,s a good thing we have John Boseman to offset Pryor,s vote!!!!

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2boxers says... July 20, 2014 at 12:11 p.m.

Does any one know what the "Mark Pryor plan" is to help keep medicare and social security afloat since he is opposed to other's plans?

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FreeSpiritMan says... July 20, 2014 at 1:27 p.m.

2boxers ....... The plan to keep medicare and social security afloat is simple, raise the wage base from the current $117,000 to 150,000. In 2000 it was $76,200, in 2009 it was $106,800, a 29% increase. In 2012 the US per capita income was 51,755. I would say anyone making 3 times the per capita income could well afford the increase. Especially persons like Mitt Romney who made 21 million and paid 13% in taxes. That still leaves Mitt $20,850,000 of which he does not have to pay 16.2% (SS + Medicare + High Income%) on. It would cost him an additional $5,346 in taxes. Do you really think that would put a burden on Mitt?

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